Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus

Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus

A Handbook for Choral Conductors
Second, Expanded Edition
Don V Moses, Robert W. Demaree, Jr., and Allen F. Ohmes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/27/2004
ISBN: 978-0-253-11036-7
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Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus is a crucial guide for choral conductors who are presented with the daunting task of conducting a full-size orchestra. This book provides a survival kit for both novice and experienced choral conductors, with an overview of the orchestral instruments and their particular needs, tips for rehearsing an orchestra effectively, and guidelines for proper baton technique. Conductors are walked through six case studies from the Baroque and Classical periods, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s “Choral” Fantasia.

Author Bio

Don V Moses is former Director of the School of Music, University of Illinois (now retired).

Robert W. Demaree, Jr., is former Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend (now retired).

Allen F. Ohmes is currently Professor of Violin at the University of Iowa.


"This second edition . . . will attract a new generation of conductors to what remains a singular text in our field. . ." —Choral Journal

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Expanded Edition
Foreword to the First Edition by Robert Shaw
List of Illustrations and Credits
Part 1: Working with an Orchestra
Chapter 1: The Nature of the Orchestra
Chapter 2: The Orchestral Instruments
Chapter 3: Preparing for Rehearsals
Chapter 4: Adjusting Your Baton Technique
Chapter 5: Rehearsing the Orchestra
Part 2: Conducting Three Baroque Masterworks
Chapter 6: Studying the Scores
Chapter 7: G.F. Handel: Messiah
Chapter 8: J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
Chapter 9: A. Vivaldi: Gloria
Part 3: Conducting Three Viennese Classical Masterworks
Chapter 10: Franz Joseph Haydn: Missa in Angustiis ("Nelsonmesse")
Chapter 11: Franz Schubert: Mass in G Major, D. 167
Chapter 12: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia, Op. 80 ("Choral")