Music: The Master Builder

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A conductor's job is to make harmony. He plays the most complicated musical instrument conceivable—a symphony orchestra. When he plays well, he has only to raise his hand, or nod his head, and strings bow in unison, brasses, flutes and kettledrums come in on cue.

That is the harmony the public hears. But there are other, behind-the-scene noises that go to make up that harmony. They are the clashes of musical temperament, the clanging demands of the cash register, the murmurings of directors and managers. A successful conductor has to make a...

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