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What lies behind a symphony concert. The business of conducting. Dealing with the same three elements that a business man would have to deal with: his material as the music which the composer has written; his means which are a group of instrumentalists, known collectively as an orchestra; his market which is the public in the concert halls or seated around the radios in their own homes. Function of the conductor. A discussion of the relationship of the conductor to these three elements: the material, the means and the market, in detail and with illustration. The speaker's belief that the conductor's efforts might well be devoted to creating and sustaining within his own community a love for the beautiful and true, as expressed in music. The business of conducting as good business for the community.