The Baton

Understanding the art of conducting at the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition

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Herbert Feuerstein — Actor

Bamberg Symphony

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Thanks to the conductor’s figure, Michael Wende’s award winning documentary shows a great mystery, the magic of music.

"The world does not need conductors!" This provocative exclamation comes from an animated character who manufactures batons and comments this funny and subtle documentary. Slanderous and frustrated that conductors don't pay attention to their batons, he follows twelve apprentice conductors from all over the world who came for ten days in Bamberg, Germany, to participate to one of the most prestigious musical competitions, the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition.

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