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atic for anyone interested in a chronologi- ultimately be reached. As interpreters and
cal account. Often, entries cover not only programmers of music, fundraisers, lead-
American conducting appointments but ers, and facilitators, conductors are an im-
also European engagements and other per- portant component of America’s vibrant
formance or composition activities, allow- orchestral life. This collection, then, should
ing for a more rounded consideration of serve not only as a valuable biographical re-
each ﬁgure’s contribution. Sharpe and source, but also as a catalyst for further
Stierman pay particular attention to each study.
conductor’s dedication to music written by Michael Mauskapf
living composers, making the effort to dis- University of Michigan
tinguish between the variety and quantity
of contemporary music being programmed,
as well as audience reception. One item A Conductor’s Guide to Nineteenth-
that might add some functionality to this Century Choral-Orchestral Works. By
volume would be a list of appointments Jonathan D. Green. Lanham, MD:
each conductor has held and currently Scarecrow Press, 2008. [xii, 336 p.
holds with American orchestras. While this ISBN-13: 9780810860469. $67.50.] Bib-
information is almost certainly buried liographical references, discographies.
within the body of each entry, recording it
clearly beneath each subject heading would This new imprint represents another ex-
make for easier access. Salary information ceptional reference contribution by
for each conductor might also be included, Jonathan D. Green. It is the ﬁfth in a series
especially with such data so readily available of “Conductor’s Guides,” all Scarecrow
today. Press books, written by Green, who has a
The addition of ﬁrst-hand information, substantial resume as a college faculty
including performance reviews and inter- member and music director at east-coast
views, helps readers engage with each con- colleges. He is presently dean of the college
ductor’s living legacy, breaking down some and vice president for academic affairs at
of the barriers that might exist between per- Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
former (conductor) and audience (reader). The series began with the 1994 publica-
In general, the prose and content are more tion based on Green’s doctoral thesis (Uni-
than suitable for both the lay reader and versity of North Carolina at Greensboro),
the scholarly researcher, albeit with a few entitled A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-
exaggerated exceptions, such as the entry Orchestral Works. In 1998 came A Guide to
on Leon Botstein, which begins “Botstein’s Choral-Orchestral Works, Twentieth Century,
achievements are truly awesome!” (p. 26) Part 2: The Music of Rachmaninov through
Despite some shortcomings, Maestros in Penderecki, then A Conductor’s Guide to the
America is an admirable, practical, and rela- Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach in 2000.
tively comprehensive reference work. Two The publication of A Conductor’s Guide
appendices supply basic information con- to Choral-Orchestral Works, Classical Period,
cerning each conductor (date and place of Part 1: Haydn and Mozart appeared in 2002.
birth) and over seventy orchestras (relative The online version of Contemporary
budget, current and past music directors), Authors cites Green by noting that he in-