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Bladey
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Hi, I'm hoping to move towards conducting more and more when I go to Nottingham University next year and have been promised opportunity to conduct orchestras by the tutors there, what sort of music makes good solid first repertoire?
So far I've done some Dvorak Slavonic Dances and Saint-Saens Danse Macabre plus some more mundane stuff. Is there anything that isn't too difficult to get good but also doesn't leave the conductor as more of a human metronome?
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I've only ever conducted choirs, which is quite involved. A conductor's repertoire is determined by what he likes and what he thinks the orchestra can play. Pick a selection of pieces that you like or are familiar with, and then see which ones they take to. Stick to classical/romantic music to begin with. If you liked Dvorak, try one of the symphonies. 'From the New World' is the most well known, and not particulary difficult to play.
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Sibelius Karelia Suite probably. Depends on the quality of the orchestra really.
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