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On the face of it, a book whose subject is conducting renaissance music is as useful as a treatise on how to pluck the viol or how to accompany Gregorian chant at the harpsichord. Renaissance music wasn’t conducted in the modern sense. But it is now, and there are ways of doing it well, and other ways. Robert Summer is clearly one of those who does it well, and his musical heart is always in the right place throughout this book. Summer was director of choral activities at the University of South Florida for a quarter of a century and is a distinguished chorus master and teacher – he knows his

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