This advanced orchestral conducting resource features concise discussions of advanced technical and interpretive issues for 44 major orchestral works that all conductors will perform during their careers.
The brief discussions that precede each score cover the full range of issues encountered in real conducting situations, and the accompanying online videos show Maestro Itkin demonstrating the techniques for each excerpt. All music examples have been faithfully reproduced from original scores, and Maestro Itkin has also arranged each excerpt for string quintet, ideal for the conducting class setting.
With nearly a thousand performances to his credit, acclaimed conductor David Itkin shares the knowledge he has acquired over his decades in the profession. The Conductor’s Craft is for both up-and-coming conductors and seasoned professionals alike, equally beneficial for personal study or for use in a classroom or ensemble setting.
This volume is a real breakthrough aid for anyone studying or teaching conducting at any level. Written by David Itkin, a most distinguished and experienced conductor and teacher, it concentrates on all the vital techniques in the teaching of the craft. The accompanying video recordings also make this volume unique. This addition to the material for teaching conducting is truly revolutionary, and the selection of examples gets successfully to the point of each subject discussed.
Composer, conductor, author
Professor Emeritus, The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music
The Conductor’s Craft outlines a detailed plan and method for executing conductor training in advanced conducting studios. Itkin’s book is also an excellent reference for any teacher who instructs advanced students in a collegiate orchestral conducting program, as well as for up-and-coming professionals who are studying for a career in the field. Perhaps most important, an individual conductor can manage their own self-study with Maestro Itkin’s clear statements and explanations of the technical issues presented with each excerpt. This book gives individual conductor’s freedom to explore choices and alternatives to fix tricky passages in the provided musical examples. I love the book and will be using it in my studio.
—Julius P. Williams
Artistic director and conductor, Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra
President of the International Conductors Guild
How refreshing to review a conducting book that deals with specificity of gesture as it relates to the music rather than mere concepts. Bravo to Maestro David Itkin for holding the aspiring conductor to task on issues of score study, execution, and style!
Director of Orchestral Studies, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Author of The Beat Stops Here