A metronome is a device that can be used to indicate the tempo of a piece of music. In the past, metronomes worked exclusively mechanically, but today they are mostly electronic.
Along with the baton, the tailcoat is probably the most eye-catching trademark of a conductor – even though not all conductors wear tailcoats regularly any more. A few thoughts on the history, meaning and purpose of this festive garment.
For many concert-goers it is a mystery: What does the conductor need a baton for? Indeed, the baton is an extremely useful tool for us conductors. In the following I will explain why.