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Offline Matto

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« on: July 28, 2021, 01:58:47 PM »
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  • I don't understand the importance of conductors during performances of classical music. It seems they just wave around a baton and their hands and dance and point. Do all of the movements send messages to the performers? Does the conductor waving the baton around effect how well the performers play? It just seems weird to me not knowing much about it.

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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #1 on: July 28, 2021, 02:21:01 PM »
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  • Can you imagine a concert without them?
    So do all who live to see such times but it is not for them to decide, all you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.


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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #2 on: July 28, 2021, 02:23:59 PM »
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  • Can you imagine a concert without them?
    Yes, I could imagine one. I know they are important but as an ignorant person, I do not understand exactly what their importance amounts to.
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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #3 on: July 28, 2021, 03:11:14 PM »
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  • Yes, I could imagine one. I know they are important but as an ignorant person, I do not understand exactly what their importance amounts to.
    I was told before that he's there to throw that stick at whoever goes off key or misses a note - it has to be noticeable enough tho.  :laugh2:
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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2021, 03:26:15 PM »
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  • I was told before that he's there to throw that stick at whoever goes off key or misses a note - it has to be noticeable enough tho.  :laugh2:
    Or he points to the player that is off key for the sniper in the top window to take out quietly
    So do all who live to see such times but it is not for them to decide, all you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.


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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #5 on: July 28, 2021, 04:00:10 PM »
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  • My understanding for what little it's worth is this.. Basically, look at an orchestra.. there's a huge number of people in it.

    There's the violin section, the cello section, the woodwinds, the brass.. each broken down into subsections.

    And they all have to play in time. Imagine trying to keep a simple beat with 70 people, and keep everybody in the same time. All just simply clapping hands.. but nevermind that.. everyone section's playing different instruments and different notes and the timing is changing a lot. Thankfully classical timing is far less tight than other types of music.

    So the conductor waves at them to speed them up, slow them down, increase this emotion or that emotion, signaling them in various ways they already know well because they've rehearsed with him a number of times hopefully.

    Otherwise if they all start sliding out of time it all falls to pieces. Bolero now though.. maybe Bolero you don't really need a conductor. :D
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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #6 on: July 28, 2021, 04:26:13 PM »
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  • I don't understand the importance of conductors during performances of classical music. It seems they just wave around a baton and their hands and dance and point. Do all of the movements send messages to the performers? Does the conductor waving the baton around effect how well the performers play? It just seems weird to me not knowing much about it.


    Hi. Professional musician here and guy with conservatory degree.
    Especially at the professional symphony level, they primarily shape the music and guide the tempo. They also give a feel for the music and any markings in the score. Most else is done by the players outside of rehearsal. Especially in the choral world, they work by the project meaning that each rehearsal to concert series is pretty short.

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    Re: Conductors
    « Reply #7 on: July 28, 2021, 04:57:59 PM »
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  • Great to have a pro around. I am just an amateur hobbyist.

    What do you play Minnesota?
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