In putting out this little book, the author is well aware of the factthat many musicians feel that conductors, like poets and teachers, are"born and not made"; but his experience in training supervisors ofmusic has led him to feel that, although only the elementary phases ofconducting can be taught, such instruction is nevertheless quiteworth while, and is often surprisingly effective in its results. Hehas also come to believe that even the musical genius may profit bythe experience of others and may thus be enabled to do effective workas a conductor more quickly than if he relied wholly upon his nativeability.
musical scholarship will be attained which will give the conductor an authority in his interpretations and criticisms that cannot possibly be achieved in any other way. Let us hasten to admit at once that the acquiring of this sort of scholarship will take a long time, and that it cannot all be done before beginning to conduct. But in the course of several years of broad and intelligent study a beginning at least can be made, and later on, as the result of continuous growth while at work, a fine, solid, comprehensive scholarship may finally eventuate.
PERSONAL TRAITS NECESSARY IN CONDUCTING
[Sidenote: IMPORTANCE OF PERSONALITY]
In the introductory chapter it was noted that the conductor must build upon a foundation of musical scholarship if he is to be really successful; that he must possess musical feeling; and that he must go through extensive musical training, if he is to conduct with taste and authority. Bu
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