15. July 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

So I read this:

The orchestra’s principal oboist, Conall McClure, says posture is vital. “If you want a big, open, free sound you need a conductor who stands there with an open body.”

And I immediately had this image of a conductor sliced open.

Sorry, folks. Maybe it’s the knife-wielding reed maker in me. I honestly do get along with conductors just fine. For the most part. There have been a few … but you don’t need me to go there now, do you?

But back to the article, which is what this post was supposed to be about!

Here’s another quote for you:

Physical communication can also be negative. Performers love Italian conductor Carlo Felice Cillario for his musicality, but his body language can be inflammatory .”One time he didn’t like one of the singers so he whipped off his shoe and had a bit of a sniff of it and put it back on,” says McClure. “He also holds his nose and pulls an [imaginary] chain.”

Oh my! Pretty bad, that.

Toward the end there’s this:

All conductors have one thing in common: they don’t make any sound during performances.

Well … if I had my way that would always be true, but I’ve heard conductors make noise, and sometimes you can hear well known conductors making noise on recordings. So that’s simply incorrect.
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