For people new to the music industry, classical music will not be their strongest suit unless they were attracted to the industry by classical songs. Those that even go the extra mile of inquiring more about the classical genre of songs ends up with lots of info cumbered together regarding it, from questions regarding the different parts to how one must sound at a point in a song, and oftentimes about the conductors. For orchestras, after having their music book in front of them, you would wonder if there’s a need for a conductor since he’ll be telling them what’s in their books. Or do conductors do other things that we are not aware of? All these beg questions regarding the importance of conductors and if there are musicians at all.
These are not stupid questions as lots of people see it, books have been authored that answer such questions before, even jokes have been made to their effect. Musicians sometimes feel that looking at a conductor on the podium affects their performance, some better, others worst. This is because of how distracting a conductor can be on the podium, most moves can be extravagant and attract singers’ attention from the song itself. You wonder why some orchestras play without a conductor, this is a major reason why that is, but some conductors are good at conducting. An orchestra group playing without a conductor can sound unified, but when playing with a soloist, there seems to be a missing element. This missing figure is a conductor, when he’s present, there’s coordination he brings to board.
In music, the least significant function is that of the conductor, his role is vastly misunderstood among those who know little about how classical music functions. On the podium, he resides in front of the entire crew, waving arms, moving his body, expecting the singers and orchestras to follow him. In the patriarchal classical genre, this figure is equipped to direct and command how a song flows or the instruments flow. Despite having a role being the worst, he remains an ultimate director and communicator, he has a task on his shoulders to bring out the best from a crowd of musicians. Creating a piece of accepted music is his task, if the whole project fails, he takes the blame but knows whom to blame for such failure.
A blissful sight in a live orchestral concert is seeing how the conductor conducts a team, the energy and skill he displays is oftentimes breathtaking, deserving applause. His gestures alone will trigger an interest in you to want to hear what the orchestra will sing or play next. Conductors are different from one another, few of them make random gestures that don’t tally with what is being sung or played. Others make every move count, every hand throw, finger twitching, eye roll, leg movement lead to a note or a switch in parts. The communication flow is spotless, just like the flow of an electric current that’s invincible, musicians and conductors have that, a conductor is also a musician.