Leonard Slatkin’s debut book, Conducting Business, was published by Amadeus Press, an imprint of Hal Leonard, in July 2012. In 2013 it received the Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award from the ASCAP Foundation.

What does a conductor actually do for a living?

This most enigmatic of jobs is brought to life in Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro. Drawing on his experiences on and off the podium, Leonard Slatkin brings music lovers into the world of the baton. He tells stories about some of the most fascinating people in music, including Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams, taking the reader to soundstages in Hollywood as well as great concert halls and opera pits around the world.

“Generous, candid and wise … the inspirational story of a home-grown American Maestro!”

John Williams

“This is a book that anyone who has anything to do with music should own, read, and study. It not only clearly states what conducting is all about but is a remarkable look at the ever-changing face of the music business. Invaluable for anyone contemplating a career in music.”

James Galway

“A wise, entertaining, and revealing perspective on the mysteries of the conductor’s art from one of the masters of our time. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of music.”

Emanuel Ax

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