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A “Basic” Reading List?

November 7, 2011

The title of this post refers to an earlier post of mine, “A ‘Basic’ Repertoire List?” 

(This may be the first time I have been so openly self-referential on this blog!)

The aforementioned post describes, briefly, my first conducting lessons as a freshman in college wherein the professor handed me a “basic” repetoire list. I really wish I could find that original list, but it has been long lost.  At the bottom of the page he had a “basic” reading list.  I went out and tried to get ahold of as many of those books as possible.  In the spirit of that original “basic” reading list, I offer mine to you!

Books about Music-Making and Orchestral Development

Books about Conducting (Not to be a conducting textbook review – see Jacob Harrison’s post regarding that topic.)

Books about Leadership and Other Conducting Related Topics

I am sure there are ones I left out! And, I am betting there are books out there that you love and that have impacted your conducting. Please share them with us!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Therrell permalink
    November 7, 2011 1:38 pm

    This makes me laugh a lot, Brian. Only because I’ve heard of the book by Mihaly Csikszentmihayli and very few of the others.

  2. November 7, 2011 10:54 pm

    Seems like you now have a LOT of reading to do, Ben!

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