Is it unusual, unheard of, or otherwise for the conductor/MD to perform (as in solo) on a concert. How does the band view this? Is this a positive image for the audience to see the conductor playing? How often does it happen? Many thanks.
It really depends on whether the conductor is playing a full solo or not, and whether the other cornermen get a chance to stand up in the middle of the concert too. I would never play a full solo with the band I conduct, I would feel that would be too much, especially as I have a few good cornermen/women as it is. But I would add a bit in just for the novelty value and with the audience in mind. I don't think that is bigheaded, just makes use of everything the band has to offer, and if the band don't mind, then where's the harm?Personally I don't like seeing a MD perform. When I have seen a MD play, I always get the feeling that he is trying to show how much better than the band he is. I could be wrong, but that's the feeling that I get.
The band plays, the MD conducts and sometimes comperes. End of story for me.
They say if you can't play you should conduct, but if you can't conduct either, you should Adjudicate. An Adjudicator said that at a contest about 4 or 5 years ago. :wink: I'm guessing if you can't adjudicate, you should composeDi B said:IOf course, it goes without saying really, that a good conductor isn't necessarily a good player and vice versa, so maybe the conductors who play solo's on a regular basis are trying to hide their conducting skills?! :lol: