Conducting The Art of Communication

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/2/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Featuring a diverse range of flexible and practical instrumentation exercises, Conducting: The Art of Communication, Second Edition, provides the most comprehensive treatment available of all aspects of instrumental conducting: technical, analytical, and expressive. Authors Wayne Bailey and Brandt Payne, offer 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"). They provide brief and innovative exercises that focus 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.

Author Biography

Wayne Bailey, former Professor of Music at Arizona State University, has conducted university instrumental ensembles and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting.

Brandt Payne is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands at Youngstown State University, where he conducts concert and athletic bands and teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music education, drill design, and graduate wind literature.

Table of Contents


Unit 1: Introduction to the Art of Conducting

Chapter 1: The Art of Conducting
Purpose and Training of Conductors
Development of Conducting

Chapter 2: The Language of Conducting
Preparatory Beat
Active/Passive Gestures
Gesture of Syncopation
Mirror Conducting

Chapter 3: Podium Posture
Position of Arms and Hands
Parts of the Baton
Holding the Baton
The Ready Position
Gesture Box

Chapter 4: Basic Pattern Development
Preparatory Gestures
Basic Releases
Use of the Left Hand for Releases
Subdivision of Beats
Conductor Evaluation Form

Unit 2: Advanced Techniques

Chapter 5: Advanced Techniques
Articulation and Style
Accented Pitches
Tempo Fluctuations and Maintenance
Pre Beats for Syncopated Entrances
Mixed Patterns
Unmetered and Timed Passages
Use of the Left Hand
Conductor Evaluation Form

Chapter 6: Expression in Conducting
Facial Expressions in Conducting
Posture and Body Language
Combining the Elements
Phrasal Conducting and Melding
Conductor Evaluation Form

Unit 3: Score Study

Chapter 7: Score Study
Types of Scores
Clefs and Transpositions
Score Order
Score Study
Interpreting the Score
Rehearsal Planning
Marking the Score
Languages and the Score
Orchestral Bowings

Chapter 8: Sample Score Analyses
Symphony no. 35, K.V. 385, Andante, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, Chaconne, Gustav Holst

Unit 4: Error Detection and Correction

Chapter 9: Aural Skills and Error Detection
Rhythmic and Tempo Errors
Pitch Errors
Intonation Errors
Dynamic Errors
Articulation Errors

Chapter 10: Aural Skills Exercises
Rhythmic Errors and Errors of Pulse
Note Errors
Intonation Errors
Dynamic and Articulation Errors
Errors of All Types

Music Examples Index
Subject Index

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