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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Pavane Publishing (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634058436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634058431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book for choral conductors and works well for both beginners and experts.

William Dehning teaches at the University of Southern California, and is an accomplished conductor. This book contains his wisdom, advice, and plenty of self-deprecating humor.

Dehning begins with a chapter entitled "Who," which focuses on what it takes to be a good choral conductor. He then breaks his book up into chapters such as The Score, The Craft, The Instrument, The Ensemble, The Process, Them, and Us.

Dehning makes good points about what we should be doing (namely, conducting and analyzing the score), including a foolproof method for score analysis. His chapters about the instrument and the choral ensemble are wonderful examples of sound voice pedagogy, aspects of choral blend, and even performance formations. Some of my favorite parts were tips on how to sing melismas and fugue sections better, and also issues about how to run a good rehearsal (most choral conductors talk WAY too much).

While some (and perhaps most) will love it, Dehning's valuable handbook is couched in a writing style which is unceremonious, too much so at times. Dehning's humor is indisputably successful at bringing the master down off the pedestal, but I found his jokes, mostly at his expense to be occasionally distracting from great advice. Beginners won't mind, but some conducting elitists might chaff a bit. Also, there are some great things in the appendix, but Dehning avoids adding a bibliography.

That's really all I could find wrong with the book. I think this book can be a great pedagogical tool to conducting students of all ages and backgrounds.
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Those who experience Dehning's performances often remark, "it's about the music." Reading his book they will say, "it's about the art-form." Dehning's frank "tell all" is not only full of practical advice, but also a "call to choral arms" to those of us in the profession.

Funny and provocative, Dehning gives lots of helpful pointers (achieving a unified choral tone, vocal pedagogy, rehearsal techniques), and eschews the ego-centered "maestro" model still evident in the profession today. His honest, plainspokenness is particularly interesting when he compares the demands upon the choral conductor with those of the typical instrumental conductor.

All this is presented with plenty of humor in a conversational tone, making for an engaging and entertaining read. Dehning has provided a real service to our profession with this book.

Dr. Eric Stark

Artistic Director, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Associate Professor of Music, Butler University
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I have admired the choral work of William Dehning for many years and particularly enjoyed the USC Chamber Singers at the ACDA convention in Los Angeles. His book, "Chorus Confidential" is a witty and sincerely enjoyable read. Bravo to Prof. Dehning on being so honest, funny and to the point. It renewed my spirit at the end of a busy academic year and helps me look forward to my work in the coming year.

Randi Von Ellefson, Professor of Choral Music,

Oklahoma City University

Artistic Director, Canterbury Choral Society
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Numerous amusing anecdotes. The style is sometimes lengthy. Very interesting considerations about sound, blend, etc... Not very rigourous on phonetics, but interesting. Interesting about the social relations of a choirmaster.
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This volume is written in plain english so that amateur and professional alike can benefit. Dehning's colorful storytelling and instruction in the basics makes this much more than a "conductor's manual."

Those who read it should remember that plain english and clear gesture is the way to communicate with 90% of choirs. Musicians who are incapable of relating to the average person will have limited success. Get a real job, stay there for awhile (as did Dehning) and only then venture into the world of choral conducting. You'll find your singers responding and relating to you. This will result in a much better sound, and a happier choir!
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A great, funny, witty self-deprecating book. Bill is fantastic in person, and ALMOST as enjoyable AND helpful in print.

I've given this book as a graduation present to my conducting students for several years now. Timeless, practical wisdom on our choral art.

There are books that are more "academic," there are books that are more technical and exhaustive, but none as real, as funny, as practical, and as helpful. I can't wait for a sequel . . . get on it, Bill!
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