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This book explains what is actually involved in being a conductor and unravels some of the mystique that surrounds this intensely public profession. The author, who has worked with orchestras and opera companies all over the world, writes about all aspects of the art and craft, and discusses how a career can progress and is the result of the observation of many conductors in action. Maestro???Conductor or Metro-Gnome examines the musicianship requirements and physical gestures that have to be subconsciously embedded during formal training. The book also covers the differing needs of a permanent or a guest contract, the pitfalls of building a program, and relationships???be they with the orchestra's leader, soloists, composers, the audience or the critics. Additionally, the book observes how conducting for opera and dance is distinct from concert conducting, as well as the process of preparing opera for performance and how conductors came into being and how they evolved into the powerful figures they are today. The Index and Glossary of Terms provides easy to understand explanations of tempo indications, the numerous dance styles, symphonic poems, etc. Written in non-technical language, this book is essential reading for all music lovers as well as professional aspiring maestri.