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Conducting by Miss Gloria Lora Diuco

Conducting by Miss Gloria Lora Diuco



deals with the basics of conducting: conductor, baton, patterns, podium, functions,

deals with the basics of conducting: conductor, baton, patterns, podium, functions,



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  • Until the middle of the 19th Century, orchestral conducting did not really exist as a separate profession. Generally, it was the composers themselves who led the orchestras - with varying degrees of success. Or, the players simply followed the orchestra's lead musician, usually a violinist. However, as orchestras became larger and larger and scores became more and more complex, it became increasingly necessary to have one person in authority who would stand on the podium and lead the players.
  • Today, conductors can be revered as gods, the stars of the show - especially in symphonic music where the conductor's name is often displayed as prominently as the composer's on album covers.

Conducting by Miss Gloria Lora Diuco Conducting by Miss Gloria Lora Diuco Presentation Transcript

  • By: Miss Gloria Diuco
  • Mr. Gerard SalongaMusical Director & Conductor
  • BATONAs a general rule, conducting is done with the right hand.
  • Score and baton
  • Podium-
  • QUALITIES OF A CONDUCTOR* trained musical ear*GREAT score reading ability*strong foundation in composing,music theory, and orchestration
  • What are the qualities of an effective leader? NOT THIS LEADER!!! He would frequently smash his baton in rage, rip his own clothing, punch orchestra players, and breaks a bow over a violinists head -
  • TITLES* OPERA/MUSICAL PLAY - music director*CHOIR- choral director, chorus master*MILITARY BANDS - bandmaster
  • FUNCTION OF A CONDUCTOR THE CONDUCTOR is often the only personaware of the entire expanse of a given work- orchestral players usually learn only theirown parts
  • FUNCTION OF A CONDUCTORThe conductors job is*to have a vision of the piece;*to set the tempo,•control and mix the sound from each musician,•to keep everyone together when the music moves
  • The Starting Position
  • Your upper armsshould be slightlyaway from yoursides, elbowsout, but not toofar.
  • Conducting a Down BeatMoving your arms from theshoulder, bring your hands straightup, so that your wrists are at abouteye level. All of the palms of yourhands should show. Your elbowshould not change position much,if at all.
  • The Downbeat
  • God tells me how the music should sound, butyou stand in the way.” Arturo Toscanini million things in music I “There are a know nothing about. I just want to narrow down that figure.” André Previn
  • : “A conductor is a musician like therest of the orchestra, the only difference is their instrument is the orchestra.”