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I find it very difficult to play with a metronome but I figured out why. There is no phrasing allowed which I would automatically associate with any given piece of violin music. However, I then realized that a large orchestra is also constrained by everybody being in sync.
Who bears the greatest burden? The conductor? The players? Or is everything worked out in rehearsals? Or maybe everyone already knows the piece from other recordings? And how much influence does a soloist have in the final overall interpretation?
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Talking about orchestras, I listen to a lot of orchestra music. Second to strings the brass section is my favorite. But all the instruments great and I like listening to them all.
Which brings me to the conclusion that being a conductor has to be very fullfilling because its like you are playing all the instruments at the same time.
While everyone else is focused on their part , the conductor is the beneficiary of the overall product. Receiving the sound even before the audience.
I wonder if anyone reading this has had an oppourtunity to conduct , even on a small production? Would love to hear of any experiences.
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