Being a conductor has got to be one of the strangest of jobs! In the cascade of music that the audience comes to hear, the conductor makes not one sound; he touches no instrument. The audience doesn’t even witness the emotions of the maestro/maestra at work and indeed, some gestures may even be completely obscured.
Tom Service of The Guardian has written a soon to be published book on some of the greatest conductors and the orchestras with which they worked. This is his preview of his book:
Tom Service’s Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras is published by Faber on 7 June (£18.99).