Why not to be a conductor

Why not to be a conductor


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2010

The German monthly Das Orchester has devoted its November issue to the old enemy. The magazine speaks for orchestral players and the orchestral association. It regards conductors as a regrettable necessity.

The issue looks at the way conductors are being trained (or manufactured) in Finland; wonders whether the eyes or the hands are more important in conveying expression and runs a small survey of players on what they think of their maestros.

Being good German players, they are reasonably polite. But between the lines you get the impression that few of those asked think that conducting is a respectable occupation. Like banking, it seems to them money for old rope.

Here’s the website. You’ll need to buy the magazine (and read German) to get full content.