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2013-06-17 2+3 and 3+2:

Hi, Heather, thanks for writing.  2+3 and 3+2 is when you have 5 beats in a measure.  When you have 5 in a measure, you would normally conduct it as 2 and then 3 in each measure or 3 and then 2 in each

2012-04-01 Changing time signatures:

Hi, Shi Ying, thanks for writing.  6/8 is conducted as 2 (in faster tempos) and as 6 (in slower tempos).  When it changes to 3/8 (I assume the eighth note is the same tempo in both time signatures), just

2011-05-11 When to conduct cut-time versus 4/4?:

Hi, thanks for writing.  The answer would depend on a number of factors.  If the beat (quarter) is divided up, then a 4 might result in more accuracy than conducting in 2.  If the piece is long, my arm

2011-04-22 conducting in 5/4 time:

Hi, Heather, thanks for writing.  Look at the rhythm of your music-usually a measure of 5/4 is subdivided into 2+3 or 3+2.  Conduct 2+3 like 4/4 (down, left, right, up), except you conduct the third beat

2011-03-16 Leonard Bernsterin:

Hi, thanks for writing.  I am not familiar with anything for flute solo, sonata, or concerto, other than the use of the flute in the orchestra.  A book, Dictionary of Composers and Their Music does not


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