Composers are not all good conductors.
Of course, experience strengthens one later.
The ability to conduct is a gift of God with which few have been endowed in full measure.
Musical practice is too young an art in America to warrant a search for men with a conductor's gift.
It is simple nonsense to speak of the fixed tempo of any particular vocal phrase. Each voice has its peculiarities.
Conducting! A subject, truly, concerning which much might be written, yet scarcely anything of real importance is to be found in books.
The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand with that of composition; indeed, the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.
The composers could no longer direct all performances in person, and so the responsibility of interpreting their works in the spirit in which they had been conceived was placed upon conductors.
I have often heard the statement made by foreign singers, as a demonstrated fact, that the German artists are artists in feeling indeed, and serious in their devotion, but that their singing is crude.
It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality, not only by singing their parts to some of his artists, but acting out the smallest details, and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes.