Study is the reward

Study is the reward, not the price—

I can’t claim that I could always look at a score and hear everything that was there. However, now that I’ve rehearsed and performed these pieces many times, this is my reward- that I can sit with the score and hear everything in it, every articulation, every balance, just as was intended. This is my greatest joy.”

Gunter Wand 

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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3 comments on “Study is the reward”

  1. Anna

    If this is the case, when approaching a conductor or orchestra with a score, what is the etiquette?
    Do you provide the score alone, or, score plus audio file, just to make life easier?

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi anna

    Good question. The audio file is always helpful in making a quick decision about whether or not you want to do the piece, but it would be quite unprofessional for the conductor to learn the piece from the recording. The biggest value of recordings is to give you some sense of the decisions other conductors have made. If it’s a new piece and the composer is available, I would just defer to them, so the recording is not much help. Still, if you want to get something programmed, a good recording is hugely helpful.

    Hope alls’ well with you

    Ken

  3. Anna

    Thanks for that!
    We are all fine here and hope you have recovered from your busy trip!!
    Anna

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