Once, my daughter told me about one of her philosophical assignments in school. She looked at me with her big green and innocent eyes and she said “The world is an unpleasant place, slavery, poverty, and war. What do we fight for?” She asked. Honestly I did not knew what to answer and that i told her. She looked at me whit her now disappointed and sad look and said “We fight for the culture, for our culture. Without culture we wouldn't have anything to fight for.”
I think there is a bit of a truth in that. Even tho we usually fight for our country and for our human rights, culture is more than just a piece of music or a painting. It is the thing that I think makes us human.
During orchestral concerts, we always see a person standing in the front with his back to the crowd waving a wand/stick in one hand and seemingly guiding the musicians. Does he have any role or is just like a leader for representation purposes?
Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert. The primary duties of the conductor are to set the tempo, ensure correct entries by various members of the ensemble, and to "shape" the phrasing where appropriate. To convey their ideas and interpretation, a conductor communicates with their musicians primarily through hand gestures, typically though not invariably with the aid of a baton, and may use other gestures or signals, such as eye contact with relevant performers.
A conductor's directions will almost invariably be supplemented or reinforced by verbal instructions or suggestions to their musicians in rehearsal prior to a performance.
The conductor typically stands on a raised podium with a large music stand for the full score, which contains the musical notation for all the instruments and/or voices. Since the mid-19th century, most conductors have not played an instrument when conducting, although in earlier periods of classical music history, leading an ensemble while playing an instrument was common. In Baroque music from the 1600s to the 1750s, the group would typically be led by the harpsichordist or first violinist (see concertmaster), an approach that in modern times has been revived by several music directors for music from this period. Conducting while playing a piano or synthesizer may also be done with musical theatre pit orchestras. Communication is typically non-verbal during a performance (this is strictly the case in art music, but in jazz big bands or large pop ensembles, there may be occasional spoken instructions, such as a "count in"). However, in rehearsals, frequent interruptions allow the conductor to give verbal directions as to how the music should be played or sung.
Conductors act as guides to the orchestras and/or choirs they conduct. They choose the works to be performed and study their scores, to which they may make certain adjustments (e.g., regarding tempo, articulation, phrasing, repetitions of sections, and so on), work out their interpretation, and relay their vision to the performers. They may also attend to organizational matters, such as scheduling rehearsals, planning a concert season, hearing auditions and selecting members, and promoting their ensemble in the media. Orchestras, choirs, concert bands and other sizable musical ensembles such as big bands are usually led by conductors.
To be a conductor from Sweden I don’t get to see much of war, maybe in the news but I don’t get to see war every day like the people in war zones. Still even if my family lives far from these zones I usually hear my daughters speak about it. So i guess war affects everyone no matter of age, agenda or what profession they have. When musicians make music we for a second connect people. For a moment no one cares if the people next to them are rich, poor, old, young or which religion they follow. That’s the most beautiful moment to make, when the audience forget about every war. That is the only moment when we are all equal and no war matters. That is what I want to achieve.