Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
$8,500 if you pass the audition.
And you get to conduct his opera, 1984.
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No thanks I’ve attended the three day Bernard Haitink conducting masterlcass at Lucerne which I got free tickets for and even if I paid for them it would have cost me $45 total. How can you top that?
The music field has another name for young, aspiring musicians: “Customers”
Well, it counts out anyone who is talented enough but too poor… I hope they show discretion on the money front…
To quote the estimate Catherine Tate, “What a fucking liberty…”
What did Hans Swarowsky charge, I wonder, in present-day currency?
Of course, his overhead was partly covered by the (Vienna) institution, as with Haitink in SergioM’s Luzern example above, whereas Maazel probably has to cover all those costs with the class fee.
And aren’t some big maestros on the record saying conducting cannot be taught?
“What did Hans Swarowsky charge, I wonder, in present-day currency?”
Probably nothing from his students, since he was a professor at the music academy in Vienna and so paid by the state, and studying there used to be free for the students.
There’s also a $50 non refundable application fee out of which only 10 will be selected. But the $8500 does include room and board from June 9 to July 20, 2013 that should probably read 2014.
For years I would go to every and any masterclass but these days I take them in via the computer. Taped piano classes of Jorge Bolet are particularly notable. A series on Von Karajan, “Kunst der Dirigierens” was a lucky find. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shc-4AZVaNk
How much more does it cost if you decline to conduct his opera?
This reminds me of the caption in The New Yorker’s old cartoon which depicts a couple of fellows shopping for musicians needed for some gig. The fellows ask the contractor, “How much would it cost without the trombones?”
I wonder how this “Master” would take it if any of his students would take the kind of arrogant liberties with his opera score that the “Master” himself takes with practically everything he conducts by someone else other than the “Master.” As a conducting student, participation in this “Master’s” classes would not be something I would be proud to put on a resume. The money would be better spend on the few Carlos Kleiber videos and other videos of TRUE masters.
What does that matter? All conductors put their own music into the score.
So he doesn’t want good participants, but rich ones ?
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