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3/4/98: I am in my third year of university study. Since I am left-handed, I was hoping to get your perspective on left-handed conducting.

I think left-handed conductors, mostly, beat time with their right arms, and it is not very difficult to learn to switch arms. If I injured myself, for example, I think in about a day I could switch arms. It would be a little confusing for the orchestra, but the problem would quickly be surmounted. I knew of one conductor who lost the use of his right arm and used his left. His big challenge was memorizing more since he could not turn pages readily.


1998 by Joseph Rescigno. The text here may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given.

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