On the surface, this might seem like the most obvious chapter in the book. What I plan to consider is a set of Ten Golden Rules penned by Richard Strauss. Many are sarcastic, but some are right on the mark. I have added twenty more rules, ranging in scope from physical gestures to stage deportment.
None of the rules are about actual conducting in terms of baton technique. Instead, I focus on the nature of communication between the orchestra and the maestro. How far can the conductor get using words to convey ideas to the musicians? What about the conductor’s relationship to the board of directors? What do conductors show to the orchestra if they truly don’t like the piece or soloist they are working with?
I am certain that many of you have questions about this delicate balance, and I would love to hear them.