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The Art of Conducting Technique

A New Perspective

By Harold Farberman

A New Perspective. Composed by Harold Farberman. Reference Textbooks; Technique Musicianship; Textbook - Instrumental (DVD). DVD only. Alfred Music #00-33494. Published by Alfred Music (AP.33494).

Item Number: AP.33494

ISBN 9780739062876. English.

The Art of Conducting Technique: a New Perspective by Harold Farberman focuses on devising a technique to convey knowledge of the score to the orchestra. Starting with the basics of body technique and baton technique, Farberman provides detailed analysis of conducting, including the three-dimensional system for charting baton movement called The Pattern Cube. The DVD enhances and further explains all of these techniques as detailed in The Art of Conducting Technique. Harold Farberman founded the Conductors Guild in 1976 and has conducted orchestras around the world. He also created the Conductors Institute, the premiere training ground for young conductors. This title presents a new approach to conducting for the young conductor, as well as for the more experienced conductor.

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  • July 05, 2014 Avoid!

    Just another book trying to explain a ridiculous and highly inefficient conducting technique. As you can imagine I don't believe in his conducting technique, but for those who think it is good, this book is a valid resource. The book explains in the first pages his conducting philosophy (full...

    of contradictions), and the basic and traditional conducting patterns. Farberman doesn't believe in patterns, because he thinks they carry no musical meaning and professional orchestras don't need them (I've been playing with a major US orchestra for over 30 years, and we do NEED them, as well as other info from the conductor, but the pattern is necessary). Over 100 pages are used to explain his method to notate conducting gestures, his highly personal "pitch registration" (showing melodic shapes by playing a virtual piano keyboard upside down in front of the conductor), and the importance of the wrist in his technique. There is a DVD to accompany this book (sold separately), but it does not help.

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  • July 23, 2011 The Art of Conducting Technique

    I would prefer that the DVD have a companion text/workbook.

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