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much less than a handbook,
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This review is from: SIR ADRIAN BOULT A HANDBOOK ON THE TECHNIQUE OF CONDUCTING (Paperback)
Under the rather pompous title are less than 30 pages, with "chapters" that amount to one page or two. Most of Boult's ideas on conducting sound rather outdated, and a few of them very, very "personal" (for example, the idea that a score should not be marked in pen or pencil, God knows why). Even his patterns for beating time are absurd, with a lot of unnecessary curves. The most useful remarks are those about how players see the conductor and those about how to handle the baton. The latter, however, are of little use if you conduct barehanded (my case ...).
I have read much better books on conducting by much less famous conductors.