Leading Tones is a glimpse into several aspects of the musical world. There are portions devoted to Leonard Slatkin s life as a musician and conductor, portraits of some of the outstanding artists with whom he has worked, as well as anecdotes and stories both personal and professional. Much of the book discusses elements of the industry that are troubling and difficult during this first part of the 21st century. Auditions, critics, fiscal concerns, and labour negotiations are all matters that today s conductors must be aware of, and this book provides helpful suggested solutions. Leading Tones is intended not only for musicians, but also for the music lover who wishes to know more about what goes into being a conductor.
LEONARD SLATKIN (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. Currently music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he has held directorships in New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, DC; London (with the BBCSO); and Lyon, France. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. Slatkin s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. Other awards include the National Medal of Arts, Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Austria s Decoration of Honor in Silver, and the League of American Orchestras Gold Baton Award. He is the father of one son, Daniel, and lives with his wife, composer Cindy McTee.