Music-LiveHave you ever wondered what an orchestra conductor is for? I am a professional conductor and music director of two US orchestras. It's Nutcracker season! AMA!
Dec 5th 2017 by AeroMaestro • 28 Questions • 82 Points
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Proof - Would be able to send various crypto balances to Mods for proof. Sent a message towards /r/iama
What is the smallest size of an orchestra where a conductor would still be considered necessary, and how does conducting work for non-traditional instruments, like laptops, or turntables?
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It really depends on the piece. Sometimes a composer will write something so complicated for 4 or 5 people that it really helps to have a conductor there who can manage things. Lots of contemporary orchestral music uses smaller ensembles but still needs a conductor. Here's one of my favorite new pieces for a small-ish ensemble, that still definitely needs a conductor.
The smallest ensemble I've conducted, in a situation that actually needed a conductor, was 4 musicians. The largest had well over 300.
But older pieces by Mozart, for example, are less likely to need a conductor. The rhythms are less complicated, and the orchestra plays more "homophonic" (everybody's playing the same rhythm) material.
Non traditional instruments and conductors depends on the instrument, of course. But a great example is the way Mason Bates uses a drum machine in "Mothership." He's actually got a drum machine player in the orchestra, who's working with the conductor just like all the other musicians.
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Do professional orchestra musicians practice individually on their own time in addition to formal rehearsals? Or are the orchestra rehearsals that are part of their job all they need?
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Absolutely, they practice on their own!
As musicians become better and get older, we become our own best teachers. We learn how to analyze and diagnose our own strengths and weaknesses, and practice much more effectively and efficiently.
How many hours a day a person practices is unique to the individual, but every professional musician has certain things they need to practice before they get to the first rehearsal, and often have some things they need to practice to improve in between rehearsals.
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Hi, My two part question is more about the music than the conductor. Does the sheet music differ substantially for each instrument, and if so, how does anyone ever manage to compose a piece for a large orchestra ?. Sorry if this sounds a little vague.
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Good question -- yes, the music differs for each musician. Every musician on stage has a part that shows only their own notes. They don't see all the other notes because they don't need all that clutter on the page in front of them. In the conductor's score, I have all the parts laid out in front of me. That's part of my responsibility as conductor --- to see and know and understand all the parts at once so I can help the orchestra fit them all together.
If you want to see what these look like, here's a PDF of the conductor's score for Beethoven's fifth symphony.
And here's a PDF of what the first violins see for Beethoven's fifth symphony.
How to people compose this stuff? Well, it takes a lot of time to learn how to write well for a full orchestra. But modern software helps make the parts. Programs like Sibelius or Finale let composers write everything into a full score on the screen, and then the program can pull out each part for individual musicians automatically. In "the olden days," all of this stuff had to be copied out by hand. That's why there are still some errors in the orchestra parts for pieces that were written hundreds of years ago! Nobody's taken the time to rewrite all those parts in many, many years.
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Glad to see that you’re optimistic. Our local orchestra is the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra.
They're a fantastic orchestra! I guest conducted there in 2009, I think. It was a pops show called "Radio Days" with a group called Five by Design. Maybe you were there! And Robert Moody has been a good friend and colleague for years.
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