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The first edition of Benjamin Grosbayne’s extraordinary work, upon its initial publication in 1956, received extensive critical acclaim. Hailed as a volume both instructive for conductors and potential conductors and intriguing for the enthusiastic concertgoer, the book has now been updated, revised, and enlarged. In addition to the original detailed presentation of the physical bases of conducting and careful treatment of matters of style and interpretation, a chapter on the performance itself and several on programming, past and present, are included. Photographs of noted conductors in action, representative programs of orchestras throughout the world, excerpts from recent scores, and addenda to the already outstanding bibliography further enhance this new edition. Directions for score-reading and score-marking, suggested rehearsal procedures, a reference table of time signatures, and diagrams of time-beating patterns remain as the volume’s comprehensive foundation.