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In this passage Stravinsky discusses orchestra conductors making observations and conclusions concerning their true necessity He seemingly has carefully studied conductors behavior and effectively conveys his view to the reader To present his point of view clearly Stravinsky makes use of diction satirical statements and comparisons Stravinsky manipulates his diction throughout the passage He often uses quotations to place emphasis on certain words His placement of quotes around the words great and style encourage the reader to look into the word for added meaning Throughout Stravinskys overall diction and statements seem rather rash and bold He does not hesitate to present his feelings about the subject For instance he boldly states that the incidence of ego disease is naturally high to begin with In doing so he presents the reader with the feeling of confidence In turn the reader doesnt question Stravinskys overall knowledge of the subject matter Also this creates a sense of informality Throughout the passage it seems as though Stravinsky is simply conversing with his audience He uses parentheses and dashes within statements to create somewhat of an aside with the reader as in lines 9 and 31-34 Using this technique makes the reader feel more comfortable and therefore better relate to the ideas being presented Stravinsky also employs satire to attack the necessity of conductors in orchestras Opening Stravinsky states that conductors careers are not dependant on music ability but on the society women including critics Through this statement Stravinsky communicates that a career dependent on the ideas of women contradicts a career in music Continuing he speaks of ego as a natural trait in all men and as an uncontrollable disease In this Stravinsky attacks how the conductors are merely concerned with their status rather than the quality of the music they render The quotations around the words great and style also serve to create a satirical emphasis on the words accompanying connotations For instance conductors are often revered as
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