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In the passage about conducting Igor Stravinsky expresses his total disrespect for conductors and their personalities He exposes this irreverent attitude by his comparisons of conducting to such deceiving professions as politics and acting Continuing his attack on conductors he also presents the actual flaws in their character and outlook Relentless in his criticism Stravinsky uses his images throughout the passage to reveal his own disrespectful and scornful attitude toward the art of conducting Specifically he reveals his attitude through his comparison of conducting to the duplicity in politics and his reference to conductors as egotistical and mindless individuals Igor Stravinsky first exposes his scornful attitude by comparing conducting to politics a profession that is usually associated with lying and deceit He first states that conducting like politics rarely attracts original minds and is more for the exploitation of personalities This statement shows his irreverence since he implies that conducting does not require intelligent individuals but rather individuals that are able to deceive other peoples thoughts and ideas Furthermore this comparison of the process of conducting to exploitation in politics also shows his disregard since the conductors are relying on their skill of taking advantage of other people Stravinsky continues that conductors and politicians are merely in it more for the making of careers than a profession for the application of exact and standardized disciplines Therefore both politicians and conductors engage in their profession solely for their own appearance in society Stravinsky also disgusts conductors since they do not possess the devotion to follow the disciplines or specific rules and guidelines that normally govern a respectable profession Furthermore he adds that the successful conductor can be an incomplete musician a compleat angler but has the skill of power politics Through this image Stravinsky regards these successful conductors as incomplete or incompetent but the conductors like politicians only have to know how to use power politics to reel in the audience like an angler would
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