Conducting is the art of directing
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Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert.
The primary duties of the conductor are to set the tempo, ensure correct entries by various members of the ensemble, and to "shape" the phrasing where appropriate.
To convey their ideas and interpretation, a conductor communicates with their musicians primarily through hand gestures, typically though not invariably with the aid of a baton, and may use other gestures or signals, such as eye contact with relevant performers.
A conductor's directions will almost invariably be supplemented or reinforced by verbal instructions or suggestions to their musicians in rehearsal prior to a performance.
The conductor typically stands on a raised podium with a large music stand for the full score, which contains the musical notation for all the instruments and/or voices.
The most popular chamber music works are sonatas for piano and one other instrument such as violin or cello and string quartets.
Source: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center