May 20, 2015
A music lover who liked my orchestration for large ensembles asked how I do it: “Is there a way to combine instruments for particular effects?” Thinking it over, I realized my knowledge of orchestration is not intellectual and easily explained. It is stored in my muscles — my arms, shoulders, chest and viscera.… Read the rest
March 9, 2015
The University of Washington Wind Ensemble. (Joanne DePue)
I’m fortunate to have found a world that is interested in new music — commissioning it, refining it and turning out great performances. It is the world of wind ensembles that are flourishing in most of our larger universities and colleges.… Read the rest
December 19, 2012
Gustavo Dudamel, music director at the LA Philharmonic.
In my recent The Podium Mystery blog (Sept. 17), I asked how conductors get their results — what it takes to create a great performance. Several replies to my blog pointed out very correctly that the main work of the conductor is not done in the concert, but rather in rehearsals.… Read the rest
September 17, 2012
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
How do some conductors achieve awe-inspiring results, while others seem to be mere traffic cops? Here’s an interesting NY Times article about how conductors do what they do, with attempts to analyze their techniques.… Read the rest