Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

Have you ever won­dered whether music con­duc­tors actu­ally influ­ence their orchestras?

They seem impor­tant. After all, they’re stand­ing in the mid­dle of the stage and wav­ing their hands. But the musi­cians all have scores before them that tell them what to play. If you took the con­duc­tor away, could the orches­tra man­age on its own?”

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