Post by MELMOTH
Is the conductor REALLY indispensable ?....
It's like with the condom...Much better without...Safer with...
As mentioned in another discussion, the past few decades have seen new conductors with very strong views on how music could be performed, forming their own orchestras. Some are HIP some are square. I suspect that the need to rethink how a score is to be played is stronger in the former case. It's the personal vision of these people that has led to these orchestras being created in the first place.
You could, of course, lead from the first violin desk. But only if the orchestra is small enough.
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