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Conducting

The Art of Communication

Wayne Bailey

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780195366518

192 pages
Spiral Bound
8 1/2 X 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $59.95

Featuring a diverse range of flexible and practical instrumentation exercises, this unique text provides the most comprehensive treatment available of all aspects of instrumental conducting: technical, analytical, and expressive.

Description

Conducting: The Art of Communication provides the most comprehensive treatment available of all aspects of instrumental conducting: technical, analytical, and expressive. Extending beyond the strictly technical coverage of other books, this unique text can be used in both one-semester courses and in two-semester sequences that include advanced topics. Author Wayne Bailey has taught conducting classes for more than twenty-five years; he offers students unparalleled coverage of the art of conducting, advanced techniques, score study for rehearsal and performance, and error recognition and correction (helping students to develop their "conductors' ears"). The text is also enhanced by transposition and clef charts and a glossary of conducting terms (Chapter 2).

Conducting: The Art of Communication offers a diverse range of flexible and practical instrumentation exercises focusing on common technical and musical problems; score analysis and preparation; elements of expressive conducting, including facial expression and body movement; and aural skills that aid in error detection. These brief and innovative exercises combine standard literature with exercises prepared by the author to address specific conducting problems within a short time span (6-12 measures of music). These fast-paced exercises maximize the podium practice time for every student in the conducting classroom. In addition, the exercises are available on a CD--in the music notation program Finale--to adopting instructors. Instructors can manipulate and print the exercises to make custom orchestrations for their courses.

Reviews

"This book is one-stop shopping for a thorough conducting curriculum. [Its] strength, in my opinion, is the balanced approach of materials regarding technique and musicianship. I look forward to using it in my courses."--Christopher Knighten, East Carolina University

"Every conducting colleague that I have worked with during my thirty-one years of teaching has shared their frustration with the incomplete information provided by existing texts. Finally we have a conducting text that is comprehensive, understandable, and completely practical for undergraduate classes!"--Tom O'Neal, University of Missouri, Columbia

"I see this book as the staple text for our two-semester conducting sequence. I really like the verbal explanations for the subjective aspects of conducting (i.e., facial expression, body movement, resistance, hinges, melding gestures, gestures of syncopation, etc.). I have never seen these concepts addressed in a textbook."--Joseph Missal, Oklahoma State University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    UNIT 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF CONDUCTING
    CHAPTER 1.
    Purpose and Training of Conductors
    Development of Conducting
    CHAPTER 2.
    Language of Conducting
    CHAPTER 3.
    Podium Posture
    Stance
    Position of Arms and Hands
    Conducting Position
    Parts of the Baton
    Baton Grip
    Ready Position
    Gesture Box
    CHAPTER 4.
    Preparatory Gestures
    Three Pattern
    Two Pattern
    Four Pattern
    Five and Seven Patterns
    Six Pattern
    Pick-up Beats
    Basic Releases
    Use of the Left Hand
    Subdivision of Beats
    UNIT 2. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
    CHAPTER 5.
    Articulation and Style
    Dynamics
    Accented Pitches
    Cues
    Fermata
    Tenuto
    Tempo Fluctuations
    Syncopated Entrances
    Mixed Patterns
    Unmetered and Timed Passages
    Use of the Left Hand
    CHAPTER 6.
    Facial Expressions
    Posture and Body Language
    Hinges
    Combining the Elements
    Phrasal Conducting
    UNIT 3. SCORE STUDY
    CHAPTER 7.
    Types of Scores
    Clefs and Transpositions
    Score Study
    Rehearsal Planning
    Marking the Score
    CHAPTER 8.
    Sample Score Analyses, Mozart Symphony No. 35
    First Suite in E-Flat, Gustav Holst
    UNIT 4. ERROR DETECTION AND CORRECTION
    CHAPTER 9.
    Rhythmic and Tempo Errors
    Pitch Errors
    Intonation Errors
    Dynamic Errors
    Articulation Errors
    CHAPTER 10.
    Exercises, Rhythmic Errors and Errors of Pulse
    Exercises, Note Errors
    Exercises, Intonation Errors
    Exercises, Dynamic and Articulation Errors
    Exercises, Errors of All Types
    Bibliography
    Index

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