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Francesca Brittan: Electric Baton: Science, Sound, and the Romantic Conductor 

When: Thu., March 12, 12 p.m. 2015
Price: free
The rise of the baton-wielding podium conductor in the early nineteenth century marked a sea-change in the art of orchestral direction. Shrouded in mystery, romantic conductors "charged" and "mesmerized" their players, wielding a power at once musical and magical. Chief among them was Hector Berlioz, whose treatise on conducting (the first of its kind) hailed electricity as the central tool of orchestral leaders, situating them as "conductors" in both senses of the word. This talk explores that link, looking at the interconnections among sound, science, and technology that generated notions of romantic leadership and, in a broader sense, defined theories of musical communication, consensus, and control.

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Vol 25, No 38
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