Good Performance / Bad Performance

Last month’s post considered the difference between a good composition and a bad one. This month, we continue that concept, but now we explore the differences between a so-called “good” performance and a so-called “bad” performance. Audiences clap at the end of the...

Good Music / Bad Music

Are there objective criteria against which Art and Music may be measured so as to determine its quality? Or, is the critical assessment of Art and Music a purely subjective enterprise, affording anyone the right to say most anything of any work of Art? As in most...

Meaning of Music

This month we will enter the foreboding topic of The Meaning of Music! Foreboding…. because many have attempted to understand and describe what music means – some of the best minds in the world! – and yet we stumble and struggle with, what would seem to be, a most...

Hearing 3

We have had two articles on hearing so far and this, the third, will be the last on this “conductor post” topic. I would like to conclude with a few topics related to “hearing” that I hope you will find interesting! We start with “earworms”. You know what that is…...

Hearing 2

I hope that you enjoyed last month’s conductor’s post entitled “Hearing 1”. We now move on to “Hearing 2” in which we continue to explore other interesting aspects of human musical hearing. Last month, I concluded with a tease, saying that having “perfect pitch” (the...

Hearing 1

As a conductor, there are few topics of more interest to me than “hearing”. It is what we conductors do, what we work with (musicians), and what we offer to audiences. And I must say that, in my career, I have encountered much misunderstanding about hearing, both from...