The great thing about playing air guitar or conducting in front of the mirror is that when you stop, the music carries on. 'Well, conducting's just about standing up and waving your arms around, isn't it?' said one of Maestro's celebrity novice conductors. Wrong.
The conductor's job is to have a vision of the piece; to set the tempo, control and mix the sound from each musician, and to keep everyone together when the music moves. Good conductors combine technique, a repertoire of interpretative gestures, verbal skills...and a bit of charisma helps too.
Here, you can enter the world of conductors: find out their views on music, rate our top ten conductors, play the conducting game 'Maestro protégé', add your own comments and stories, and find out more about becoming a conductor.
Start by watching Sir Roger conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra in Bizet's Carmen Prelude...
“God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way.”Arturo Toscanini
“Here are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn’t give a damn what goes on in between.”Sir Thomas Beecham
“When I am with composers, I say I am a conductor. When I am with conductors, I say I am a composer.”Leonard Bernstein
“There are a million things in music I know nothing about. I just want to narrow down that figure.”André Previn
Who do you think is the greatest conductor ever? We’ve whittled it down to our ten favourites, now you have your say…
Inspired by the Maestro show? Try your hand at making music with our exciting new game.
Put your conducting questions to Maestro’s music consultant Peter Stark, read an interview with him, and find top conducting tips from the Maestro mentors.
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