Music as Alchemy : Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras, Hardback

Music as Alchemy : Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras Hardback



How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians?

The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries. Orchestras can be inspired to the heights of musical and expressive possibility by their maestros, or flabbergasted that someone who doesn't even make a sound should be elevated to demigod-like status by the public.

This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world - how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Western "classical" music
  • ISBN: 9780571240470



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