Why do orchestras have conductors when they already have sheet music and practice beforehand?

I get the feeling conductors are just for show nowadays but I'm not certain.

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    A really good conductor can have a huge effect on a good orchestra. They control the tempo, the relative volumes of the different sections in the orchestra, and the feel of the piece. During rehearsals they will have any issues and tried to get the very best out of the musicians. This is similar to what a record producer does.

    I think through a mediocre or downright bad conductor, a good orchestra could do as well without them.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    That allows coordination and the volume/elongation of notes

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