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Inside Conducting by [Seaman, Christopher]
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(Seaman's) experience is wonderfully crystallized in the pithy observations here. TLS (Michael Downes) Engaging, uncomplicated overview of the conductor's role ... Very readable, with some good jokes, hoary anecdotes and nice analogies. CLASSICAL MUSIC's Books of the Year, December 2013 Chosen by Financial Times as a Classical Music Book of the Year One of Classical Music's Best Books of the Year With humor, clarity, and wisdom, Christopher Seaman gives insight into the mind of a conductor. A feast of inside scoops for music lovers. --Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project This book is simply typical Christopher, something I would consider one of the highest compliments. Typical of Christopher to combine so much wisdom with so much wit. Required reading, I think, and one of the friendliest books about music ever penned. --Sir Simon Rattle, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBR> To hear the human truths from an experienced music director, enriched by examples from his life, is marvelously illuminating. I learned many little things and some big ones. --Norman Lebrecht, author and critic Christopher Seaman, who is renowned for his teaching work at the Guildhall School of Music, and has conducted at the highest level, provides a barrage of straight answers. Most are directed towards real would-be conductors, rather than bedroom-mirror amateurs, but there's plenty for the outsider looking in. . . . The conductor's work is not often discussed in such plain detail. Conducting is 'like riding a horse not driving a car'. A tighter grip on the baton produces a harder tone. Keeping the arms moving upward very slowly can restrain an audience's desire to rush to clap after a quiet ending. . . . Demystifies the art and the figure of the conductor. THE SPECTATOR (James McConnachie) a>http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/8966601/inside-conducting-by-christopher-seaman-a-review/">Full Review/a> The art of conducting is hard to nail but Christopher Seaman does just that in exemplary fashion. . . . Interesting reading for all lovers of music, students of conducting as well as fellow professionals. . . . Serious practical application and in-depth musicological insight laced with the author's engaging humour. Highly recommended. MUSICWEB-INTERNATIONAL (Christopher Fifield)

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Christopher Seaman has been successful at both ends of the baton. After four years as principal timpanist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he was appointed principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed a busy international conducting career for over forty years. He is now Conductor Laureate for Life of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York, and he continues to bring great music and wise words to audiences, students, and readers around the world.

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  • Publisher: University of Rochester Press (5 Jun. 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FOIBE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Agree this deserves to be a classic on the subject. The author is an engaging writer who writes with humour and humanity. He brings his wide range of experience and may stories to illustrate his points, offering clear opinions without malice. I'm an interested listener and not a musician and I would recommend this to anyone who attends concerts to dip into and enjoy.
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Christopher Seaman has done it all. He combines talent, intelligence, integrity and courtesy with undisputed musical leadership. His book will be an inspiration to anyone who reads it and this includes non-musicians. How many professional conductors are so free of self importance as is Christopher?
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Christopher Seaman is one of those classical conductors who has been around a long time (he is 72) and who has never made a great impact but has always been there, conducting a wide variety of music and giving many concert-goers great enjoyment. I heard him conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1998 in the Opera House, and a fine job he made of a memorable programme. In his well-written book he explores many aspects of the conductor's trade, never patronising, always perceptive. He assumes that his reader will know what he is talking about, even when things get technical e.g. about upbeats. And he constantly refers back to his own experience as a member of the LPO, many years ago but obviously still an influence on his work. As a general reader with some knowledge of music I found this an ideal introduction to the conductor's art. There is one rather banal chapter about practical arrangements, but the rest is highly recommendable.
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Christopher Seaman is what might be called a "journeyman" practitioner of his craft; never in the top rank, but never less than competent and satisfying. Each short piece looks at one aspect of conducting, and in plain, straightforward language, laced with good humour, explains the pitfalls, or what the orchestra needs from the conductor, or what a good conductor needs to keep in mind. Always readable, there is a lifetime of experience distilled in these essays, and anyone involved in music, whether player or listener will find something of interest or something that increases their knowledge and awareness. Highly enjoyable.
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This is an immensely readable and informative book which really demystifies the art of conducting. Christopher Seaman is himself a distinguished conductor and is able to speak from long experience. In non-technical language, he carefully explains exactly what difference a good conductor can make to an orchestra. His analysis is both erudite and illuminating, and, having accumulated numerous hilarious anecdotes about conductors, orchestras and musicians, the text is greatly enlivened by his stories and quotations. I would highly recommend 'Inside Conducting' to any concert goer.
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The book does everything that it is supposed to in a very readable and understandable way. For those who have studied and practised the art (science!) there is a constant nodding of the head and affirmative exclamations. A few new angles too.
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