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Carried away or carrying on?

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Tony Watson
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:17:14 am »

This arose out of a conversation in the pub.

Someone said to me that it is very difficutl to be a conductor because, amongst other things, you have to be able to beat four with one arm and three at the same time with the other in certain types of music.

I find this difficult to believe. I know that a pianist has to be able to play three notes against four sometimes, but I can never imagine a situation in which the conductor would tell one half of the orchestra to follow his left arm while the other half follow his right arm.

"How would you conduct the Rite of Spring?" I was then asked. I replied (getting a little facetious by this time) that I would just waft my arms around in the air in a non-descript way, as some conductors seem to do.
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