Breaking Down Maestros’ Movements
I get this question all the time. “Just what exactly is he doing up there?” … “Does the conductor really matter?”
Today’s New York Times has an interactive feature, breaking down conductors’ movements, with NY Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert. Every conductor has his or her own personal style. It seems that what matters most is connecting with the musicians to communicate passion and meaning through gesture.
In the meantime, you can work on your own conducting style. I recommend starting with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.