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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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