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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 July 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1484114507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484114506
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lev Parikian is a British conductor and writer.

As a conductor, he spends a lot of time standing in front of people waving his arms in the hope that sounds will materialise.

As a writer, he spends a lot of time staring at a computer screen in the hope that words will materialise.

The fact that he has written Waving, Not Drowning is therefore a triumph of hope over experience.

He lives in London with his [redacted], [redacted], and three domesticated (and, rest assured, entirely neutralised) [redacted].

He has never been to Uzbekistan.

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Lev Parikian was born. After a tediously lengthy period of growing, he became an adult. He spends a lot of time standing in front of people waving his arms in the hope that sounds will materialise. He also spends a lot of time staring at a computer screen in the hope that words will materialise. He lives in London with his (redacted), (redacted), and three domesticated (and, rest assured, entirely neutralised) (redacted). He has never been to Uzbekistan. Barrington Orwell maintained an incomparable reputation in three-and-a-half decades of almost perpetual employment until his tragic death in an un- explained contrabassoon accident early in 2013. His work as a conductor was without parallel, and critical reaction was copious and unrestrained: ...Conductor Barrington Orwell was not able (sic) —South Yorkshire Bugle ...achieved sounds undreamed of by the composer... — Berkhamsted Gazette Orwell’s conducting...took the art to a new level... — Suddeutscher Blatt ...quite simply beyond words... — Torbay Gleaner Incredible... — Audience member The Beethoven...was...fast... — Leamington Herald I think it safe to say that in thirty years of concert-going I have yet to see a display of conducting to compare with Orwell’s stupefying effort... — South West Cotswold and District Newsletter

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Sep 2013
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This is a really funny book. Not many books make me properly laugh out loud but this one did, and a laugh does you good, so read it for the good of your health. It might even get you a nice bit of elbow room on the Tube. I was reading it on an Underground journey where one section in particular made me snort loudly with laughter. A proper snort, like a hog. Apparently this is Not Done in London. But hey, I earned a Tube carriage to myself! So, absolutely worth a read, full of recognisable truths to musicians with any orchestral experience. And you may gain a pleasant commute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By meriela on 9 Aug 2013
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Wonderful fun for anyone who has ever sat in an orchestra, been to a concert, or who has a sense of humour. Light-hearted but with warmth and depth, the chapters on Orwell's childhood alone make it an irresistible read. And it just gets better. Lovely stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sbdiva on 15 April 2014
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A brilliant book, should be read by all those would-be conductors out there, and also by those who think they can conduct. Many laugh out loud moments, got me some funny looks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Jane Adams on 4 Dec 2013
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Whether or not you think the author is completely off his trolley, this is a great read and gives a unique insight into the world of conducting. It had me laughing out loud in public places and I would say that it is guaranteed to increase the flow of endorphins in the reader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura P on 15 Aug 2013
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After reading Waving, Not Drowning by Barrington Orwell and Lev Parilian, I shall never watch a concert the same way ever again. In a good way. A very good way. Whilst I could see how anyone who's ever played in an orchestra could appreciate this part memoir/part instruction manual, it is always fascinating to get that behind the scenes insight as a complete stranger to the craft. I suppose this is the fascination of those endless 'reality' TV show but this book is a far more revealing and entertaining glimpse into the psyche of the daddy of all team managers, the conductor. I don't know if it was Barrington's telling or Lev's recording of the tales but the narrative sparkles with wit and colour. At one point Barrington asserts that he can't draw and will use words instead. Hurrah, he can indeed paint a picture and doesn't need a 1000 words to do it. The international conducting milleu is appears to be a fabulous vein of utter bonkersness (although apparently also very precarious, if the number of early deaths are anything to go by!) Whether recounting the wisdom of uber-maestro Etwas Ruhiger or highlighting the many unique conducting pitfalls (The 'Bugger It's Too Fast' Over-compensation (BITFOC)), I was either howling with delight or chuckling in sympathy. The jacket cover promises a mercifully short read but my only gripe is that there isn't more - particularly of Barry's own conducting experiences. Maybe this already planned for part 2. I hope so. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who ever wondered what really goes on in the mind of someone who tries to get a bunch of other people to do what that one person wants when the bunch all have other ideas (hint: mainly panic!). Actually just thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants an entertaining read, end of. (Reality TV eat your heart out)
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By PrincessofWails on 1 May 2014
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Read all other reviews: they are totally accurate. Brilliantly funny and definitely laugh out loud. Throughout, it's a joy to identify some current foibles on the podium...I'll be watching so much more closely in future!
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