Resources for Conductors from Meredith Music

Meredith Music Publications, an award-winning publisher of percussion performance music and method books, was established in 1979. Their conducting resources provides a wide variety of titles ranging from beginner to professional levels. For conductors interested in improving their skills and exploring their knowledge, these publications provide an excellent resource.

The Interpretive Wind Band Conductor  

By John Knight

The Interpretive Wind Band Conductor will help conductors make the creative leap from simply reading notes to insightful musical interpretation. In addition to a long list of topics on conducting and interpretation, it includes in-depth analysis of six masterworks for band, and provides solutions for conducting irregular and non-metrical problems inherent in contemporary music.

“Thank you for your brilliant interpretive analysis of my ‘La Fiesta Mexicana.’ It is obvious that you have studied the score very closely and know the music even better than I do! Great advice and insights for the conductor to know for the execution and interpretation of my music.”

H. Owen Reed, composer

On Becoming A Conductor

By Frank L. Battisti

This incredible book by one of the world’s foremost authorities on conducting contains no conducting patterns, and no advice on how to conduct any piece. Instead, it focuses on the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to become and function as a conductor-teacher.

“This text is a ‘must have’ for all serious musicians. It captures the legacy and wisdom of one of the most important conductors of our time. This is what can happen when a focused and inquisitive mind meets up with a uniquely creative imagination.”

Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Director of Wind Studies, College of Music – University of North Texas

 

Conducting With Feeling

By Frederick Harris, Jr.

A thought provoking collection of ideas by today’s leading conductors on how a conductor develops feelings for a piece of music and communicates those feelings to an ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conductor’s Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative ideas, Quotes and Facts

Compiled and edited by Gary Stith

100 outstanding middle and high school, collegiate and professional band and orchestra conductors passionately and candidly share their most powerful rehearsal techniques and cutting-edge program ideas in this concise and inspirational volume. Also included are fascinating historical facts about famous composers and conductors as well as inspirational quotes ideal for advocating music programs. It’s an excellent university supplemental text and a “go-to” source for directors at all levels.

 

Lyrical Conducting: A New Dimension in Expressive Musicianship

By Edward S. Lisk

The concepts and instructional techniques discussed here prompt new and different considerations for what teachers and conductors of instrumental music must strive for. Lyrical Conducting expands one’s awareness through the beauty of musical expression and its direction for greater musical meaning. Many attempts have been made to define artistry, expression, and the mysteries of music’s finest detail. This publication will lead you to this discovery through: enhancing expressive approaches to conducting; building poise and finesse into one’s conducting body language in order to visually express music’s lyricism; searching beyond notation to develop a unique and personal rendering of a composition; developing a performance vocabulary or reservoir for artistic considerations that will stimulate your “artistic vocabulary”; and sensitizing one’s emotional response to shape the beauty and expressive qualities of a personal conducting interpretation.

The Conductor’s Challenge: Finding Expressive Meaning In the Score

By Frank Battisti

This extension and expansion of Guide to Score Study, co-authored with Robert Garofalo, examines the various stages conductors traverse in arriving at an interpretation. Battisti emphasizes the importance of the conductor’s imagination, personality and ongoing study – weeks/months/years – in developing an interpretation that is personal, well-informed and faithful to the composer’s expressive intent. He examines the score analysis process including the role and function of a work’s musical elements; the need to balance intellectual understanding and intuitive feelings about a piece and the challenges faced by conductors when transforming an interpretation into a performance. As examples, he traces the procedures he used in forming interpretations of “Lisbon” and “Horkstow Grange” from Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Copland’s Down a Country Lane and “Sinfonia” from Stravinksy’s Octet for Wind Instruments.

Score and Rehearsal Preparation: A Realistic Approach for Instrumental Conductors

By Gary Stith

This text is sure to provide the most practical approach to orchestra and wind band score study ever published. It methodically simplifies preliminary score study and initial rehearsal preparation for all conductors of band, orchestra and chamber ensembles. It is enormously valuable for practicing conductors from elementary school to those leading professional ensembles. As a supplement to undergraduate and graduate level instrumental conducting classes, it is an extremely effective text.

 

 

 

 

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