22. Beating Time: The Baton and the Conductor
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Moments that rocked the classical music world
22. 22. Beating Time: The Baton and the Conductor
Conductors have always used a stick to keep time, right? Not at all! While Baroque composers like Lully hit the ground with a big wooden stick (which ultimately lead to his death after a nasty accident), the 'baton' as we know it first came into use around 1820… and changed the classical concert for the better.