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On Conducting
Richard Wagner

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The following pages are intended to form a record of my
experience in a department of music which has hitherto been left
to professional routine and amateur criticism.  I shall appeal to
professional executants, both instrumentalists and vocalists,
rather than to conductors; since the executants only can tell
whether, or not, they have been led by a competent conductor.  I
do not mean to set up a system, but simply to state certain
facts, and record a number of practical observations. 

Composers cannot afford to be indifferent to the manner in which
their works are presented to the public; and the public,
naturally, cannot be expected to decide whether the performance
of a piece of music is correct or faulty, since there are no data
beyond the actual effect of the performance to judge by. 

I shall endeavour to throw some light upon the characteristics of
musical performances in Germany--with regard to the concert-room,

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