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Alt. opening m. 7, French horn and saxes need to enter on whole note with great confidence, air support, and pitch.
@B, clarinets need to continue full steam ahead. Be careful not to drop notes in this section, as it is overall very sparse rhythmically.
@ transition back to m. 1- percussion need to count better on first 3 bars for timing entrances together. Who is covering the Tom part at m. 11? It wasn't present today, and it's super important. Nice confidence at rehearsal square 2 today!
At m. 20, triplets on beat 3 and 4 (lower voices) need to respond with same energy as triplets on beat 1 and 2. Percussion- bar before rehearsal 3 needs to be more together.
Entrance at rehearsal 3 needs more air support and commitment to beat 1. At rehearsal 4-5, pitch/intonation check is needed, especially in upper winds.
Oboes at m. 47-49, make sure you're in tune with each other. At rehearsal 6, snare drum came in 5 bars too early Wait for sus cymbal, saxophone intro and clarinet/flute response before you come in m. 61. Between reh. 6-7, improvement is noted. Remember to play only the first of each of the 3 notes grouped together if you can't play all of them. Make sure that the triplets which are together as a band (e.g. m. 66) are really together.
At reh. 8, really bring out the bass line (st. b., tuba, b.cl, bsn) as it was sadly inaudible. Just blast that part out. Trombones play out at m. 80. One of the most noticeable problems in the piece were the entrances around m. 91. That measure with 2 beats is throwing a lot of people off. We need high winds to make it more clear for trumpets and saxes where they should come in.
At 4 bars before reh. 13, voices were totally inaudible. Really sing out if you can.
At 13, it was rushed (as Ms. Riegert mentioned). At reh. 14, Ryan play out. In the section at reh. 16, practice the triplet run m. 184 a.sax, flute, and picc. This whole section was a bit out of tune.
Horns at reh. 17 and 19 too loud. At least one person was just overplaying. Try not to overblast within your section. At m. 231 to end, retenuto, you better look up! Especially for thoose last few measures, 253 to end....entrances were weak and it's the last thing you do before the piece is over, so it will remain in the audiences' mind.
Overall, this was very well prepared for today. I'm excited to hear it on Wednesday night!
Congrats on working hard on a tough piece of music. I think we'll pull it off!
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For Symphony Rehearsal on Tuesday, let's aim to take tuning A/Bb at 3:15. Symphony may need to go a little past 4:00. If you play in Symphony and Strings, please set up both instruments right away so we can have a quick transition between ensembles so as not to lose too much Strings rehearsal time.
Focus will be on Mountain King first, 48-end. Bassoons still need to work on tempo and pitch in intro, and playing confidently but a bit softer, but that won't be worked on in today's session...you can work on that at home, and maybe Ms. Riegert could lead a sectional later in the week? 🙂
Cellos, we worked on that in your DOS...take the feedback you received to clean it up. Please work on tempo and tuning 76-83 upper winds, and upper strings m. 80-82. Have all bars numbered for both movements. Tempo from D to end should be within 176-184 for Tuesday's rehearsal. Violin 1's especially - B-D needs work to get in tune/lots of volume. I think you should consider playing it with eighth notes instead of 16ths, if you can't get the 16th's up to tempo for Tuesday. Tempo at B is a minimum of 144, and C more like 168. The two bars leading into B are really important for establishing excitement. If you can't play all of the pitches upper strings, just play the beginning of each 32nd note grouping, with really strong accents. After Mountain King, students not playing on Morning will be dismissed.
For Morning, focus attention in home practice with correct tempo: dotted quarter equals 54 (slowest)-60 (max). Be really attentive to E major key signature (4 #'s!), and all accidentals written in. Violas need to be super confident with entrance at pickup to m. 5, etc. Upper winds need to play with exceptional tone, lots of phrasing. Cellos really need to know how their part goes from B-D. Entrances from everyone, and counting, needs to be extremely secure from 62-end. Definitely everyone needs to come to this rehearsal with bars numbered. Upper strings who can't play the 16th notes, need to practice landing on beat 1 and 2 of the 6/8 pattern (or rather, 1 and 4) at B onward.
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m. 1: Trumpet and cornet 1--know your first note before you play it! "know before you blow!"
This same ‘G’ comes up several times in the piece, and is often out of tune by one or more
m. 12-19: clarinets need to play runs in time, with good articulation. Don’t speed up OR slow
down. Also, clarinet staccatos should be light throughout entire piece. Don’t bite down too
hard to avoid squeaks.
m. 29-39: flute, oboe, clarinet, a.sax—please work on intonation/fingerings. It sounds pretty
m. 61-63: picc, flute, oboe, cl.—don’t rush rests. Generally, in the section that precedes this,
trills were rushed, but especially right there.
m. 71-77: melody line in sax and clarinet is pretty good, but would be excellent if phrasing was
m. 90: cl. and a.sax need to practice the run!
m. 92-98: pitch and fingerings need work in picc., flute, ob., cl., and tpt. 1
m. 118-126, practice upper winds! Confusion on pitch/fingerings
m. 133-135: tuba and other bass parts drive us forward—don’t’ slow down. Upper winds, don’t
speed up out of nowhere on the melody. We will follow the lead of our low voices.
m. 148-153: no guessing, please! Know your fingerings.
m. 157-end: work on counting and making sure you know where your part enters/exits
m. 10: pitch in high voicing—are you playing the right note on beat 2?
m. 14-17: need to hear a.sax, t.sax, trumpet—please be confident with rhythm.
m. 20-22: need more from tpt 2, tsax, euph, and tuba here
m. 23: bring out a.sax, t.sax, tpt
m. 26-31: there should be more dynamic range/contrast and trumpets—there are some really
out of tune notes. Are you playing the right notes in m. 27?
m. 29-31: flute, oboe, clarinet: need to count and enter on beat 4, then release by beat 4 of the
m. 32&34: articulation not crisp enough. We’ll try to get this crisp and in time without slurring,
and then we’ll also try it with a slur so we can decide what sounds better. Practice both
m. 45-49: rhythm trouble for all
m. 49-50: work on transitioning into m. 50 with confidence!
m. 50: need more t.sax, flute, oboe, clarinet 1.
m. 50-end: Percussion—it’s around here where you got lost on the recording. Practice
transition into 50 all the way to the end in a sectional/at home.
m. 53-56: need more flute, clarinet, sax here. There is too much trumpet in the mix.
m. 56-end: count carefully to end. Mostly, you should come in together on the & of 1.
m. 62: percussion we’ll consider cutting your last note, on the & of 4. I think it is unnecessary?
Sectional suggestion for Thursday: Run through Spirited Away together to make sure that you know how your part goes: the right notes, rhythms, and tempo changes. If done Spirited Away, work through other sections of concert music as per rehearsal notes above!
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Thanks everyone for a fun after school rehearsal! I appreciate the efforts of all of those students who want to perform in the Remembrance Day assembly, and who were there on Friday.
Students who did not make it to the rehearsal, whether for legitimate reasons or simply because you forgot, you MUST be at the next rehearsal on Tuesday, November 5th at lunch to guarantee your spot in the performance. If any students do not show up to Tuesday’s rehearsal, your teachers may have to make the executive decision to remove you from Thursday’s performance in order to ensure a successful performance for everyone.
Upon listening to the recording, we still have room for improvement! I did not list all of the things we’re doing well already. Rather, this is what needs improved! Please practice at home and in rehearsals, with this feedback in mind:
An Evening in Terezin
-needs to be confident but softer and more in tune in the beginning.
-percussion needs to be more precise and softer
-clarinets and horns need to be softer
-keep in mind that any little sound out of place is audible (e.g. drum sticks falling)
-watch conductor more at end, in case we want to slow down a little
-for dynamic range to be effective, the mp and p dynamics need to be a lot softer
-watch carefully for beat 1, 2, 3, 4 entrances…conductor will not cue every note, but instead will make all beats very obvious. Don’t rush!!
-alto sax play Eb in measure 10, not E natural!!
-need more clarinet 2’s in measure 11…very important part for you there
-low brass work on intonation m. 13-17
I Am A Jew
-snare and tom need military style and precision from beginning to 15
-percussion section must arrive at 12 together. If something goes wrong before 12, look up for 12 and play that bar with the conductor’s tempo. Memorize m. 12 to help with this.
-watch conductor more carefully from 18-21, as parts are not 100% lined up
-alto sax, please play all the right accidentals from 18 onward…Eb, possibly others were missed
-snare and toms, need military precision and softer volume from 40-end. Snare especially cutting through very loudly.
-cutting this for the Remembrance Day performance. We may choose to play it as a stand-alone movement at the Winter Concert in December.
Enjoy your weekends!
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