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#655020 - 11/23/02 10:23 PM if you could conduct anything...
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what would it be?

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#655021 - 11/25/02 01:51 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Honestly, considering I haven't heard a whole lot of symphonic music, I don't really know. But there is one thing that moves me a lot (something I dance to whenever I hear it... just can't help myself... and what a sight it is! ): Mussourgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. It's one of the most exhilarating and interesting things, in my opinion. <> Thinking of it makes me urge to hear it.

Ben Ruppert

P.S. And how often is it that you'll find two words starting with "exh" five words apart?....
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#655022 - 11/25/02 06:52 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Originally posted by magnezium:
what would it be?[/b]
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

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#655023 - 11/25/02 10:30 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
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#655024 - 11/25/02 01:07 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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TheD's, I know exhactly what you mean. I would exhaust myself looking for other exhellent exhamples.
Bob

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#655025 - 11/25/02 07:39 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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lol! Good one! \:D

Ben
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#655026 - 11/26/02 08:56 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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I think mine would be Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. When I was involved in a performance of it some years back it seemed like the conductor was really having lots of fun...but I guess it isn't as easy as it looks.

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#655027 - 11/29/02 02:42 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Beethoven's 3rd Symphony

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#655028 - 12/06/02 04:10 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Mahler's Symphony of 1000...think I might need slight hearing protection? :p
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#655029 - 12/13/02 11:57 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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I would want to conduct all of the Mozart Symphonies, such wonderful works! His Requiem would also be of great interest. Of course, what musician does not wish to conduct the Beethoven symphonies as well!

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#655030 - 01/08/03 10:48 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Yes, I've always thought Beethoven's 9th would be fun... a little bit of everything musically, with a chorale and soloists at the end!

BTW, my fantasy career is to be a conductor... :p

Nina

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#655031 - 01/08/03 11:44 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Now that I think about it, while the Rite of Spring is a masterpiece, there are lots more of great pieces that deserve to be played more often.

I'd very much like to conduct any of Shostakovich's symphonies. While his symphonies are generally considered to belong to the most masterful symphonies ever written, they don't appear in concert programmes very often.

So I'd change my vote from the Rite of Spring to any of DSCH's symphonies.
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#655032 - 01/13/03 11:35 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Well, why not Mahler’s Tenth, Derek Cooke version of course? There are many common errors many conductors make with this work.

1) The first movement should be slow but not ponderous. George Szell, who did not record the full version, only the first and third movements which Mahler completed, provides perhaps the best interpretations of these movements.
2) The second movement is also occasionally played far too slowly. It needs something like a neo-classical touch to it, light and quick.

There is much deep irony in this work as in all Mahler, also one needs string power; give me thirty-two of the strongest violinists in the world for this work. Other instrumentalists who will be called upon for the usual vivid and sudden solos must be of the first caliber.

The fourth and fifth movements (Cooke’s masterpieces) require a violin soloist to lead the string ensemble through treacherous adventures. In a way the fourth movement is a “waltz of death” which is arranged around a few recurring themes of happiness, hopefulness, regret, sorrow, pain, foreboding, release.

The fifth movement is the culmination. It’s time to say goodbye to life, to the world, to everything terrestrial and to pass as it were, not through the death of laying one’s body down and one’s spirit passing away out of it, but rather of the whole being, body, mind and soul, taken out of this world into another dimension from which there is no return. The culmination of this piece, the ache of those who are left grieving their separation in impassioned string strains has to be done with a penetrating seriousness beyond what could be taken for mere enormity of sentimentality. The romanticism of an epoch culminates in this work. After this piece, the movie makers exploited similar sounds for cheap imitation sentimentality, watering down the effect until it is mostly a burden to bear listening to anymore.

There were other symphonies after this one, but this one marked an end of an epoch as well as the end of this composer’s life and work.

Of course I would be way too choked up during most of this piece to ever conduct it. It has been a burden sharer of many difficult times in my life mostly connected with the loss of people I loved. But that is what it’s about, after all, whatever else it may be about.

I’m curious whether anyone else feels anything strong for Mahler’s Tenth (Derek Cooke version, of course)?
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#655033 - 01/28/05 05:44 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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"Anvil Chorus"

from Verdi's Il Trovatore (The Troubador)......not the most beautiful piece in the world I know, but what fun to conduct!

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#655034 - 02/02/05 01:42 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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John Cage's 4'33" transcribed for Accordian solo and prepared string quartet with Tuba continuo.
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#655035 - 03/10/05 06:04 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Africa by Robert W. Smith.

In the top two most awesomest songs ever written by him for band.

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#655036 - 04/21/05 06:27 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Hmmmmm....

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

OR

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
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#655037 - 04/22/05 02:03 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Mahler 2!
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#655038 - 04/24/05 01:21 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Brahm's 1st Symphony.
Elgar's 1st Symphony.
'' Dream of Gerontius.

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#655039 - 04/24/05 04:52 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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For starters... \:\)
Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (the entire opera; such sublime music!)
all of Beethoven's symphonies
Elgar's "Enigma" Variations


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#655040 - 06/18/05 07:57 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Loc: Miami, Florida
I agree...the rite of spring. It is clearly a masterpiece that was miscredited at its first exposure. I'm a die-hard stravinsky fan, so it would definately have to be a stravinsky piece-and what better is it when it is his most famous and trademarked, rite of spring?
I also love other russian composers, so anything within the boudaries of rachmaninov, prokofiev, and shostakovich would be great..

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#655041 - 07/14/05 02:25 AM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Loc: Texas
The Tchaik Piano Concerto (id conduct the orchestra while some amazing pianist played it)
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#655042 - 07/25/05 03:41 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Dvorak Symphony no. 9. \:\) \:\)
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#655043 - 07/26/05 12:01 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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"Fern Hill"
John Corigliano.

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#655044 - 10/15/07 08:52 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Mahler Symphony No. 5

I'd need a time machine, though. Because I'd want to do it with the 1989 Chicago Symphony.

I'd also consider an all American concert with the New York Philharmonic, featuring:

Barber's 2nd Essay
Danielpour's Concerto for Orchestra
Copland's 3rd Symphony.
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#655045 - 10/15/07 08:54 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Now that I think of it, I wouldn't mind conducting Shostakovich's 10th symphony. Maybe with the LSO.
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#655046 - 10/15/07 10:27 PM Re: if you could conduct anything...
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Surely Johan de Meij 1st symphony "The Lord of the Rings"
it's for wind band, so beautiful

Or... any piece by PDQ Bach

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