48 thoughts on “Gerard Schwarz gives a Conducting Lesson”

  1. Are there any musicians here? How do you watch? I see the players reading notes while playing and yet you are also looking at the conductor. That's an amazing skill. I would have to search the note once letting it out of sight if I would try to even follow reading while listening. You have my respect.

  2. I have noticed with all conductors that if the passage is forte, they have wide open eyes as well as big movements and if the passage is piano, they sort of bounce and have their eyes closed.

  3. One of the greatest unanswered questions ever – whats a conductor doing there – and why? Thank you very much for explaining this.
    So, in fact, it makes more sense to always "view" an orchestra (with conductor) instead of only listening (without conductor) to it…??

  4. I think he gives himself too much credit. If you watch the footage of the musicians half of them barely watch him

  5. I noticed that some of the orchestra members are looking at their scores. How can they follow the conductor's guidance and read the score sheet at the same time?

  6. Mr. Gerard my RESPECT AS a music Director. For years i. Was wondering all those Elegant movememts until now you explained. i feel to be a music Director moved me doing the same while seeing this extraordinary video .thank you for sharing your talent and this is useful information for my grades 4&5 . Wow from a Music Dreamer to play one day in a Orchestra. From Little Paradise Belize .yours truly Nevia Elizabeth Chan

  7. I've never been good at math so that's why I can't read music. I play by with feeling. But I like this guy. Not boring very informative.thanks for posting.

  8. Hi I am 20 ,student in classical singing ( baritone ) and conducting . I saw you conduct Beethoven 5th and I was amazed by the way you conducted and I would really die to take private lessons with you by skype for which I will pay any amount you shall ask.

    waiting for your answer Maestro .

    Thank you so much in advance ,

    Respectfully in music ,

    Joachim C. -Barry

  9. So Interesting…..Thank you for such a great explanation I have always wondered what is going through the conductors mind and what exactly all the arms waving mean.

  10. I think repeats were sometimes written because they help audiences become familiar with the thematic material, at least when the music was new and repeat hearings not as simple as watching a YouTube video. There was also an aesthetic within the concept of repetition itself. Of course, over time audience perceptions have changed. Sometimes the repeats can be irritating as they hold up the development. I imagine Brahms would have been quite open-minded about this.


  12. I loved watching this so much. I'm a music video producer and I could relate to a lot of it and learned things as well. But that said, it's always so encouraging to see people like Mr. Schwarz who dedicate themselves to music for the right reasons. His total appreciation for the composer and the music, and the orchestra musicians is really wonderful to see.

  13. 5th of Beethoven (gives me duckbumps. Great lesson. All kids should learn this while in school.

  14. I'm a bagpiper. But I need to learn (at least) fundamental conducting. You have made this accessible to someone who is almost illiterate in Western classical music. Thank you so much, for this. It wasn't only instructive in how to 'wave your hands' and have people follow, but more importantly, how you bring the band together. Thanks again. …also…what is this "pp" you speak of, hahaha

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