A conductor talks about his work.

'It takes the heart of an adventurer'

When you listen to music, what do you hear? For starters, you hear a lot of different notes, some played faster, some slower, some played louder, some softer. You might hear interesting rhythms, or the grouping of a particular set of notes to make a harmony. If you listen more closely, maybe you recognize the sounds of different instruments, such as the cheerful chirping of a flute or the brassy bellow of a trombone.

As a conductor, my job is to listen for these things—and a whole lot more. I have to make sure that the orchestra members are playing the right notes. I have to be certain that players are making their entrances at the right times. I keep my ears—and heart—attuned to the mood and feeling of the music, too. There's a lot to listen for that goes beyond what the notes on the page are saying. But that's part of the fun of my job.

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