An Issue with Musical Notation

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  1. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

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    Just got to play Devil's advocate here. Simple serious question for the larger ensemble situation. Who determines the interpretation of the piece; the conductor, or 80-odd individuals each trying to express their own particular 'artistic vision'?

    Not picking on you in particular, tj :-) But whenever issues of musicality and interpretation crop up, my thoughts go immediately to stuff like the start of the 3rd movement ofHindemith's Mathis der Maler, knowing from personal experience what chaos would result if there wasn't a seriously good conductor there, in total control of his forces.
     
  2. Sethoflagos

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    G# minor with enharmonic modulation into Ab major?
     
  3. jiarby

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    Who knows... just a trumpet etude. Charlier.
     
  4. tjcombo

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    K, I guess I was having a smart-a$$ swipe at singers who haven't learned enough of the basics of musicianship or choir leader-persons who aren't able to trust their singers to deliver what's on the page. I don't know whether it's over conducting or not but the majority of choir conductors I've seen do look weird by comparison to "regular" conductors. I certainly don't want to denigrate choirs and those who lead or sing in them. At the last show I played in, I sneaked backstage from the green room to hear the a capella vocal group that was performing. They were great, but the conductor still looked weird :-)
     
  5. tjcombo

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    Of course you're right Seth. We had our assistant MD sub for a recent gig and there were lots of things that went wrong.

    And besides, someone has to herd all those cats in the string section and make sure the percussionists have the pages turned up the right way.:evil:
     
  6. kehaulani

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    . . . in which case there was method in the madness.
     

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