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Hanson Conducts Hanson

I've already written a little about why the late Gunther Schuller's The Compleat Conductor is such a mess. The main premise - that you should do what the score says - fails to hold up under even cursory examination; virtually every page of the book (especially Parts 1 and 2) contains some kind of logical flaw. (Some of his opinions in Part 3 about how various pieces in the standard repertoire should be performed are interesting, and his thorough analysis of recordings is valuable, but beyond that I can't find much else good to say.) The notion that we need not do what's on the page, or that reproducing the composer's intent shouldn't be the goal, strikes some people as heretical, and I'll sa