Clearly, this is fundamental to the conductor’s role. Without a detailed knowledge of the composer, the score, and the context in which it was composed, the musicians will not respect us and will be unwilling to buy-in to our vision of the piece. Even young and inexperienced musicians will pick up on a lack of score knowledge, more expert players will sense it immediately. As Maxwell says, knowledge doesn’t make a leader, but without it you can’t become one. As acquiring knowledge through score study is dealt with comprehensively in Section 3, we won’t go into any more detail here.