Music as Alchemy : Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras Hardback
by Tom Service
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
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Western "classical" music
- ISBN: 9780571240470