Book Title: The Silent Musician : Why Conducting Matters
Author: Adam Begley
Format: Paperback | 272 pages
Publication Date: 05 Sep 2019
* A Financial Times Book of the Year *
'What does a conductor do? It may be a favourite joke among the musicians in an orchestra, but Wigglesworth wants to find a more thoughtful answer. Avoiding jargon, he analyses what he has discovered during 30 years in the job.' Financial Times, Books of the Year
A conductor is one of classical music's most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:
'Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you? '
'Do you really make any difference to the performance?'
'Are the musicians even watching you?'
The Silent Musician is not a manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do, and why they matter.