Author(s): Wigglesworth, Mark,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 05/09/2019,
Pagination: 272 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Published By: Faber & Faber
Book Classification: Classical music
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9780571337910

* A Financial Times Book of the Year *

'What does a conductor do? It may be a favourite joke among the musicians in an orchestra, but Wigglesworth wants to find a more thoughtful answer. Avoiding jargon, he analyses what he has discovered during 30 years in the job.' Financial Times, Books of the Year

A conductor is one of classical music's most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:

'Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you?'

'Do you really make any difference to the performance?'

'Are the musicians even watching you?'

The Silent Musician is not a manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do, and why they matter.

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