Meier’s new book explores the art of conducting

Posted on: August 24, 2009

In Friday’s (8/21) Connecticut Post Online (Bridgeport), Phyllis A. S. Boros writes, “Gustav Meier’s nearly 50-year dream of publishing a comprehensive exploration on the art of conducting has become reality with ‘The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor,’ now available from Oxford University Press. The Michigan-based Meier, who this fall will celebrate his 38th season as music director and conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, says work began on the book in the early 1960s, while he was a young conducting professor at Yale University’s School of Music, and continued sporadically through the decades. … The 512-page book features 200 line illustrations and 600 music examples … Various aspects of the conductor’s role—including preparing scores, rehearsal techniques, effective cuing systems and performance challenges—are addressed. … Meier is director of the graduate conducting program at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore. In addition to Yale, the Swiss-born Meier has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was director of its prestigious summer conducting seminar from 1980 to 1996.”

Posted August 24, 2009