• Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Twelve: Clef Notes

    September 15, 2017

    Maestro Slatkin uses the Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 to introduce the clefs conductors encounter in their scores, and he explains the importance of transpositions to understanding how the notes sound and fit together.

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  • Just Released: “Leading Tones,” by Leonard Slatkin

    September 12, 2017

    NOW AVAILABLE: Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry

    Purchase Leonard Slatkin’s new book at Hal Leonard Online today!

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Finally, a relatively quiet month. I did not conduct one note, write a piece of music or play anything on the piano. Okay, there was some studying, as a few new works are on the horizon, but a real vacation was in order, and I took advantage of this rare occurrence.

After the success of the DSO’s Asia Tour, Cindy and I headed out to California. My wife was one of the featured composers at this year’s adventurous Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Their new music director, Cristian Măcelaru, scheduled one of her works in each of the festival’s two weeks. It was strange being in the audience, as I had never before heard any of her music conducted by anyone other than myself.

Happily, there was no feeling of jealousy, and it was instructive to hear some different ideas coming from another conductor.