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Conducting

Resources for Research on Choral & Instrumental Conducting

Table of Contents:

Books on Choral Conducting
  • Choral Conducting and The Construction of Meaning: Gesture, Voice, Identity
    Introduction: Choral conducting in context -- How to study conducting : model, method, metalanguage. How do people think about conducting? ; From ethnography to peer research ; How to write about conducting -- Choral singing and enculturation. Defining choral culture : what counts as choral? ; Creating choral culture : the dos and don'ts ; Maintaining choral culture : policing the boundaries -- Conducting gesture and musical thought. Different styles, different gestures ; Different styles, common ground ; Metaphoric gesture and embodied musical meaning ; Spontaneous gesture and the ensemble -- The conductor-choir bond. Monkey see, monkey do ; Making use of the conductor-choir bond ; Conclusion.
    • Location(s): Book: TC Music Library General Collection MT85 .G173 2009 DVD: TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1492 )
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  • Coming Alive: Choral Directing
    Dr. Pfautsch discusses and demonstrates, with a choir, techniques for improving tone production.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (VT-34 )
  • Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus: A Handbook for Choral Conductors
    Conducting; Choral music -- Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.); Orchestral music Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection (MT85 .M68 2004 )
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  • What they see is what you get: Linking the visual, the aural, and the kinetic to promote artistic choral singing
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (VT-615 )
Books on Instrumental Conducting
  • The Art of Conducting: Great Conductors of the Past
    Rehearsal and performance footage presenting the work of sixteen conductors: Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Arthur Nikisch, Richard Strauss, Felix Weingartner, Fritz Busch, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Koussevitzky, Fritz Reiner, George Szell, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein. Includes bonus material consisting of 45 minutes of previously unseen interviews with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hugh Bean, Isaac Stern, and Suvi Raj Gubbo.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1577)
  • The Art of Conducting: Legendary Conductors of a Golden Era
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1542 )
  • The Art of Conducting Technique: A New Perspective
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (VT-482 )
  • Orchestral Music Online Authentication Required
    The classic repertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, and musicologists throughout the world. Based on the critically acclaimed fourth edition of the printed reference work Orchestral Music: A Handbook, it provides greater and easier access to information on more than 6700 works by some 900 composers.
  • Pierre Boulez: Conductor
    The astonishingly precise ear for pitch and sonority that has made Pierre Boulez a leading composer and a trenchant conductor of contemporary music is one secret of his success as a performer of Debussy. It surely helps that, as a fellow French musician, he understands the language of his great predecessor. On this film footage, Boulez is seen working on Fêtes and Jeux and conducting the three varied pieces that make up the Images. His legendary sense of rhythm comes into play in Stravinsky's The rite of spring, and his is the ideal interpreter for Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a cinematographic scene, op. 34.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1084 )
Online Sources for Choral & Orchestral Scores
  • Choral Public Domain Library
    A database of public-domain score images to over 16,000 choral and vocal works by over 2000 composers. Also includes texts, translations, and other info.
  • Classical Scores Library Authentication Required
    Scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works. Includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.
Online Videos of Choral & Orchestral Performances
  • Medici.tv Authentication Required
    Medici.tv offers high-definition webcasts and streaming videos from leading music festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis, Aspen, Glyndebourne, and Lucerne, as well as from such music venues as the Opéra National de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Cité de la Musique, and Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Milan's La Scala. It also offers a video archive of performances by great musicians of the past, including Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, and many others. Documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes are also included.
  • Metropolitan Opera on Demand Authentication Required
    Unlimited browsing to more than 450 Met Opera performances.

    Video playing access is limited to 5 simultaneous users.

  • Music Online: Classical Music in Video Authentication Required
    Searchable database containing over 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video -- over 1,500 performances in all. The collection contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.
  • Naxos Video Library Authentication Required
    A performing arts video library with hundreds of operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places. It includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts, among others and is continuously updated to offer the best selection of performing arts videos.


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