ÊLeading TonesÊ is a glimpse into several aspects of the musical world. There are portions devoted to Leonard Slatkin’s life as a musician and conductor portraits of some of the outstanding artists with whom he has worked as well as anecdotes and stories both personal and professional. Much of the book discusses elements of the industry that are troubling and difficult during this first part of the 21st century. Auditions critics fiscal concerns and labor negotiations are all matters that today’s conductors must be aware of and this book provides helpful suggested solutions. ÊLeading TonesÊ is intended not only for musicians but also for the music lover who wishes to know more about what goes into being a conductor.
Is it OK to clap in between movements of a symphony? What s it like behind the scenes at an audition? And what happens when professional wrestlers get on a flight with a symphonic conductor? Those answers and more can be found in Leonard Slatkin s Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry. –Hour Detroit
Where Conducting Business had a central theme, Leading Tones the title is an esoteric music theory term saunters from one idea to the next. It s intriguing and thoughtful and often very revealing. But there s nothing remotely formal about it. In fact, it s almost as if he had invited you over to his house, settled down in front of the fireplace, opened a bottle of port and launched into some late-night musings. –Detroit Free Press
About the Author
LEONARD SLATKIN (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. Currently music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he has held directorships in New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, DC; London (with the BBCSO); and Lyon, France. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. Slatkin s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. Other awards include the National Medal of Arts, Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Austria s Decoration of Honor in Silver, and the League of American Orchestras Gold Baton Award. He is the father of one son, Daniel, and lives with his wife, composer Cindy McTee.