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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!