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This question is fairly self-explanatory -- watching Boult conduct is almost magical. There are some excerpts from a BBC documentary floating around that explain in part the development of is singular technique:

But did he write any other documentation on his baton technique and why he selected such a lengthy baton? Which, uh, how long was that thing? It looks like he's majestically swinging a fishing pole at the orchestra. And yet he's probably one of the best conductors I've ever seen.

  • Interesting that the clips of Nikisch contradict Boult's description of finger rather than elbow movement. – Laurence Payne Nov 6 '18 at 10:24
  • @LaurencePayne I actually thought so too, but it isn't like Boult only ever used his fingers -- he gets pretty amped by his usual standards in this recording: gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/… – General Nuisance Nov 6 '18 at 14:55

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