09. May 2012 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

The less a conductor explains in words the better. There’s nothing a musician hates more than a conductor telling him for five minutes what he wants. A horse wants to run. An orchestra wants to play.

-David Zinman

Yep! Not only that, but a conductor should be able to speak primarily through her or his conducting. Tell me through gestures. Tell me through the way you move or even the way you nod your head. I’ll respond. Tell me by talking for five minutes (or longer) and I think we all tend to tune out. Not that a conductor can’t speak at all, mind you, but when they spend too long chatting rather than conducting they tend to lose us.

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