Adv. Conducting 1
What does lower body posture provide for a conductor?
the balance needed to execute gestures effectively
Describe the proper position of the feet when conducting.
approximately shoulder width apart with left foot slightly ahead of the right
Where is the floor in regard to the conducting field?
at the level of the sternum
Where is the ceiling in regard to the conducting field?
approximately at chin level
What are the outer dimensions in regard to the conducting field?
defined by the width of the body
Describe the position of the right arm while conducting.
comfortably away from the body
Describe the position of the elbow while conducting.
Describe the position of the forearm while conducting.
lifted and angled to the center of the body and elevated slightly above a parallel position to the floor
Describe the position of the hand while conducting.
gently tilted upward from the wrist
Describe the position of the fingers while conducting.
comfortably apart and gracefully curved
Describe the position of the back of the head while conducting.
aligned with neck and back
Describe the position of the chin while conducting.
comfortable position; neither lifted or lowered
Describe the position of the eyes while conducting.
up and directed at the performers
Describe the position of the face while conducting.
forecast the desired mood
Describe the position of the mouth while conducting.
comfortable position and can (at least on the inside) form the vowel which is about to be sung
All movement should be centered in the thoracic cavity, which is also referred to as what?
the center of levity
From what should a conductor's movement be motivated?
from a physical response to the music we are conducting
From where should a conductor's movement be initiated?
the thoracic cavity
What is the symbol for a principal beat?
An arrow pointing down
Where does the principal beat culminate?
at the ictus
From the ictus, the beat rebounds in which direction?
upward in the opposite direction of the next principal beat
The principal beat is led by what part of the arm?
What are the two positions for the hand as described by the text?
palm facing downward, palm sideways
What beat should be clearly distinguishable from the other beats?
the first beat
When conducting in 4, what beat receives secondary stress, and how does the pattern provide for this emphasis?
beat 3 which moves across the body
Where should all metric beats receive an ictus?
the plane of the conducting field
According to the text, what are the two dimensions that should be used when performing conducting gesture?
up and down / right and left
Where should the pattern remain when conducting?
within the frame of the body unless special emphasis is required
Adv. Conducting 1
For Advanced Choral Conducting Class