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Conducting Quotes

We’ve collected the best Conducting Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Lela Loren, Joe Hisaishi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Amram, Chris Carter. Use them as an inspiration.

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I don’t feel like I’ve ever subscribed to the stereotypical notion of success. I’ve always equated success with having integrity, conducting yourself with compassion and honesty, and following your heart despite whether or not you ever make any money at it.
2
I actually don’t like playing the piano or conducting the orchestra.
Joe Hisaishi
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There will have to be times when I’m not conducting because I’m composing. I haven‘t solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
4
In symphonic music, when you are conducting, you do the same thing. You are feeling the whole orchestra, thinking ahead so you can prepare for a change.
5
Writing is a little athletic for me. I get worked up a little bit when I do it. So I guess I’m a little bit like that composer conducting. There are a lot of things that go into what I do, but I think athletics really sort of shaped my ethic.
6
We need to significantly increase the number of bombing runs we’re conducting in Iraq and Syria.
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The Iraqi forces are conducting the Mother of all Retreats.
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I’ve been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that’s a job where I don’t think sex plays much part.
Nadia Boulanger
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It is the misfortune of those who are concerned in conducting human affairs that, however pure and capacious their own conceptions may be, they must accommodate themselves to the circumstances with which they are environed and use the instruments that are within their reach.
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I frequently find after a rehearsal of a performance that I have more breath, and can walk better and climb stairs better than I could before. It’s as if I’ve expanded my lungs doing it. Basically speaking, conducting is quite a healthy profession.
Jeffrey Tate
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I have a degree in music, yeah, from the University of Montana. I studied voice and composition and conducting and all that.
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The most difficult problem in conducting is intonation. You must know what is wrong and how to correct it.
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Conducting is a strange thing to teach.
14
The gene therapies on my body are to measure the effects on humans. There is plenty of animal research to support these gene therapies but no one was conducting human tests.
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The most immediately gratifying thing about my work is conducting a large orchestra. But the long range payoff is composing because you’ve written something and it’s there forever.
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I am a muso, and I love doing it. I assumed that would be my career for a long time. I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t think that anyone could actually be that full-time, so I always go back to conducting and arranging and playing. If you scratch me, I’m a musician.
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For millennials, conducting business with a purpose that goes beyond making profits is critically important in determining the kind of company they want to work for – and the kind of company with whom they are willing to do business.
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For me to rehearse with a children‘s orchestra a Mahler symphony was to really work. We had three or four weeks of rehearsal with the orchestra, every day eight or nine hours, putting the First together. I had been conducting Tchaikovsky a lot and Beethoven, but Mahler was different.
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I really want to get better at conducting.
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I have so much regard for the art of conducting. It’s easy to look not so good up there.
21
The beginning of Book Three is the last one that I drew, where V’s conducting the 1812 overture.
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And so, little by little, I gradually divested myself of pretty nearly all of the guest conducting I used to do, because I was at the same time working in the places like the Met, where I could work in this sort of depth.
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If you put four different people on a podium conducting the same downbeat, you get four different sounds. It’s a little mysterious and fascinating. There’s so much you can do with motions and body movements besides giving accurate beats.
24
When I first was conducting as guest conductor in Europe 25 years ago, I would propose doing American pieces and grudgingly it would be accepted from time to time.
25
I love conducting. What I’m tired of is music administration. I don’t want that. I just want to make music.
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Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
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The act of conducting in itself, of waving my arms in the air and being in charge, I didn’t miss. I missed the sensual pleasure of being in contact with music.
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James O’Keefe is a journalist, doing the work ‘realjournalists don’t dare, and has been conducting undercover investigations for years with dozens of scalps collected along the way. The more the ‘true‘ journalists who back the Democrat machine attack him, the more emboldened he becomes to pursue his next project.
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We’re really willing to see more and more U.S. entrepreneurs conducting investments in Turkey. I’m optimistic for the future.
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There is nothing wrong with being a declared liberal or conservative and conducting a sympathetic interview with a political figure who shares your views.
31
I don’t think that anybody should be ruling in or ruling out anything while we are conducting diplomacy.
Douglas Feith
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What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear yes.
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That policy was abandoned very quickly, and the military police were tagged with the responsibility of conducting training, which they did. We were not equipped or set up with personnel to recruit new Iraqi guards.
34
We seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis in conducting such horrendous terrorist acts and cannot believe the people who kidnap Philippines nationals, for instance, or behead U.S. nationals are Muslims.
Ali Khamenei
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I really like conducting my music in concerts because I’m convinced it’s not just for films; it has its own life. It can live far away from the images of the movie.
36
Well, the reports are correct that we’re conducting very robust military operations on the Afghan side of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating and Taliban remnants are.
37
The actor is concerned with his own bit of it, but the director‘s somehow trying to work the whole thing into a much bigger picture. It’s like conducting an orchestra.
38
Creating artworks, writing and publishing novels, poetry, music, or conducting art-historical research requires support. So does everything else in the world, from physics to fish and wildlife management to human-rights advocacy.
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I will oppose a Muslim registry with every fiber of my being. That is not the American way of conducting affairs and violates every principle we stand for.

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