Our Young Conductors–Conductors, or Automatons?

OUR YOUNG CONDUCTORS–CONDUCTORS OR AUTOMATONS?: “There was something to be said for the old European model of bringing up young conductors through provincial opera houses, rehearsing with singers, conducting performances. There they had to learn something about music’s emotional import, about expressive give and take, and that singers have to breathe.”  I like the connections to musicality and singing.  I am not sure if it really is a result of conductors’ training (doing much more conducting in their field today as opposed to work on their individual instruments), or simply a product of their youth that will eventually fade.  By the way, here’s a great video about a real automaton.  (There are also these cool pistols here as well)

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