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On Conducting

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Author: Richard Wagner
Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,244 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.8
LoC Category: MT
Downloads: 2,752
mnybks.net#: 7204
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Music

Translated by Dannreuther.

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s of Wagner have been appended. The footnotes, throughout, are the translator's.


ON CONDUCTING
The following pages are intended to form a record of my experience in a department of music which has hitherto been left to professional routine and amateur criticism. I shall appeal to professional executants, both instrumentalists and vocalists, rather than to conductors; since the executants only can tell whether, or not, they have been led by a competent conductor. I do not mean to set up a system, but simply to state certain facts, and record a number of practical observations.

Composers cannot afford to be indifferent to the manner in which their works are presented to the public; and the public, naturally, cannot be expected to decide whether the performance of a piece of music is correct or faulty, since there are no data beyond the actual effect of the performance to judge by.

I shall endeavour to throw some light upon the characteristics of musical performances in Germany--with regard to th

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