Remember that players do not hear the balance as a conductor does and, in turn, a conductor will hear a different balance from that experienced by an audience. The conductor should, however, ensure that through him and his performers the audience hears a balance and a clarity of line, which accurately reflects the com- poser’s ideas. Effectively, the conductor is a referee, elected to decide upon details of interpretation. Whereas orchestral players themselves can provide some excellent interpretative ideas combined with very polished playing, admirably reflected by the occasionally seen conductorless chamber orchestra, the time allowed to rehearse for concerts is often pitifully short.
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