11/16/95: How do you evaluate another conductor’s performance? What is most important?
A conductor must do two things: In the rehearsal time allowed, he must structure the work for the audience and orchestra. That is, he must choose the proper tempi and lay out the score to show the dynamic and emotional climaxes. These climaxes sometimes occur at the same place but, in longer works, usually do not. Secondly, he must allow the players in the orchestra to perform at their best. This is accomplished by:
(While I have used the male pronoun here none of this is meant to exclude some very fine female conductors.)
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