Conductors: The Art of the Little Movement

In conducting, said Richard Strauss, "the first two beats come from God, but then it gets difficult." Prospective conductors who want to learn the difficult part have been gathering in Vienna for 22 years to study with a bushy-browed, long-winded dogmatist named Hans Swarowsky. The world's top teacher of the art, Swarowsky, 67, heads the elite conducting classes at the Vienna Music Academy. He offers students the vintage Viennese musical heritage. He also offers a powerful intellect honed on studies in Freudian psychiatry and art history as well as music. And he...

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