Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors? A New Study Settles the Question

Nov 28, 2012

 "Have you ever wondered whether music conductors actually influence their orchestras?" asks NPR science correspondent  Shankar Vedantam. "They seem important. After all, they're standing in the middle of the stage and waving their hands. But the musicians all have scores before them that tell them what to play. If you took the conductor away, could the orchestra manage on its own?"

A scientific study, using infrared lights and expert ears, led by Yiannis Aloimonos of the University of Maryland, and colleagues looks to answer the question. You may think you already know the answer, but do you?  

Listen and read what they found here.
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