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The Composer as Conductor

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« on: August 26, 2013, 12:38:01 am »

I knew somebody would mention Britten. Absolutely "very high strung", as was Elgar. They were excellent conductors.
Thinking of Bax, I tricked myself into saying that!
There seem plenty of "high-strung" individuals that could not conduct (Rubbra, Klami, Sibelius, Shostakovich) and those who could conduct quite well (Bernstein, certainly Arnold, Bantock, Walton, the list is endless).
So, on hindsight "high-strungedness" seems irrelevant here.

Rubbra conducted the first performance of his Symphony No.4 in wartime in his army uniform Grin (and with the very reluctant permission of the Army Roll Eyes)

Sibelius did conduct some of his earlier compositions did he not Huh
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