Conductors: Wcmdmanship

The conductor's baton is the original magic wand. Give it to a broken-down piano player and presto!—up pops a shaggy-haired genius, a leader of men, God's gift to music.

Bah! says Gregor Piatigorsky, who in 40 years as one of the world's great cellists has played under more than 300 conductors—and has yet to meet "one who suffers from an inferiority complex." In a soon-to-be published book called Cellist, excerpted in last week's Saturday Review, Piatigorsky writes a delightfully incisive analysis of wandmanship. The conductor's role, he argues, has grown out of all...

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