Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7

Join us in part two of a special two-part episode in which Dr. Markand Thakar challenges us to transcend the ordinary through music.

“To absorb yourself into the sound you have to let go of your place in the world…” 

Markand Thakar is a music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory.

Drawing from ideas in Markand’s book- Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, we investigate:

  • Fundamental elements of totality of the sound
  • Balance, playing in ensembles, tempo, tone
  • Teaching and conducting

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“As a conductor, we must connect our gesture to the sound…”

“If we’re making music it’s not the question of me as conductor say, you do this, you do that, it’s a question of ok, lets open ourselves to this sounds and

let’s respond to this sounds in  a way that can move all of us…”

Clips in this episode

Clips in this episode are excerpted from performances by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Markand Thakar. Click either title below to view a video of the full performance.

– TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings mvt 4 Finale

BEETHOVEN Symphony no. 3 “Eroica,” mvt 1

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