POTTER, Warwick

PhD University of Queensland 2015 Pages: 151

A case study of the life and work of an Australian Orchestral Portfolio Conductor

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Link to Thesis: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:372963/s42696823_phd_final.pdf

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Given the rich history of classical music as a Western art form, relatively little has been written about the art of conducting. There are increasing numbers of pedagogical texts, as international conductors record their thoughts regarding the art. Some of these texts are autobiographical, some are how-to-guides, and some are a mixture of both. The vast majority of texts concern the art of conducting a professional orchestra. Very little is written about those conductors who do not reach those “heights.” Such practitioners conduct a myriad of ensembles, varying in description, standard, and raison d’être. Such conductors are theorised as Orchestral Portfolio Conductors. The aim of this PhD in music performance is to investigate this phenomenon.

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