For ten years, walrus-mustached Pierre Monteux, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, has spent part of each summer teaching younger musicians to conduct. Last week, after a visit to "Papa" Monteux's 1951 class (50 students) in Hancock, Me., the New York Herald, Tribune's Critic Virgil Thomson wrote a report on how he does it.
"Mr. Monteux sat in the orchestra . . . [and] nobody, literally nobody got away with anything. Amiably, charmingly, insistently, Monteux corrected every fault." Sample corrections:
"The clarinet owes you two notes. Collect them."
"You are not letting the horns breathe."
"You are conducting the instruments that do...