Ok folks. Here is your first music journal assignment. Choose one of the works we are currently working on and apply it to one of the following options. This assignment will be due on November 9, 2012. Do not e-mail the assignment. Turn it in during rehearsal.
- Option #1- Listen to the piece and evaluate the techniques of the composer. Does this composer use traditional forms; does he/she use colorful orchestration, what is the most significant element for this composer (melody, rhythm, form), etc.? How might you characterize the style/aesthetic of this composer? Write a document relating your thoughts (roughly 200 words).
- Option #2- Read an article on the composer and/or the specific piece we are performing and write a short synopsis (roughly 200 words). Feel free to critique the author’s thoughts. Include bibliographical material.
- Option #3- Listen to three different recordings of the piece. Write what you liked and did not like from each one (roughly 200 words). Include bibliographical material.
The recording from our last concert is up on dropbox. When you listen to it, try to determine what the acoustical tendencies are in Beall Hall for your instrument and compare that with what you heard on stage. Keep a mental record on what needs adjusted. Enjoy!
Also, I put youtube links up for our new repertoire in the repertoire section under “concert #2.” These are my recommended youtube versions.
Congratulations on a fine concert yesterday. It was very exciting and I have received nothing but positive feedback. The Dvorak was particularly exhilarating. The tempi were good and the contrasts and colors you displayed were quite mature. It was a great start to the season. The Tchaikovsky powerfully communicated victory through strife as intended and am proud of the work you put into this epic piece. Congrats also to all of the soloists. You displayed professionalism, maturity, and truly shined.
While we can all recognize elements still in need of refinement, I think we displayed an energy that spread throughout the audience. We will continue working on a level of refinement with more sectional work and higher expectations for principal players to take responsibility helping their section to match certain stylistic elements and intonation. As I said before, there is a quick turn-around for this next concert. Our first dress rehearsal is TWO WEEKS from this Wednesday. But, I have no doubt that if we are all responsible and diligent, we will be successful.
Thank you for a wonderful first concert!
Bowed string parts are available for Mozart- Symphony #41 and Brahms- Tragic Overture.
Wind/Brass/Perc. parts are linked to IMSLP.
To access all parts go to “Orchestra Parts” on the menu above. Gershwin parts are arriving tomorrow and they will be handed out on Wednesday. Bowings for the Gershwin will be forthcoming.
We are now in our final week of rehearsals for concert #1. I hope that you did some important work in sectionals, and are taking time this weekend to finish up any technical work. Please note that Wednesday and Friday are both dress rehearsals in Beall Hall. Friday’s rehearsal is extended to 5:30pm. Everyone should be aware of that change as it was listed as such in the syllabus and this website from day 1. Please remember that missing a dress rehearsal constitutes a failing grade, so plan accordingly.
Monday you will receive music for concert #2 and you should begin to prepare immediately for the first reading rehearsal (Oct 29). The Brahms has updated bowings already in your part. The Mozart bowings will be posted online as pdf’s and it will be your responsibility to get the bowings in your individual part. Gershwin parts will arrive mid-week.
I am very excited about next week! I have the upmost confidence that you will do a wonderful job and that you will be proud of the fine work you have put into this performance.
Carnival is separate, Rogerson is with the first two mvts of Tchaikovsky on track two, and the last track is Tchaikovsky (Mvt 3 and 4)
I hope that you enjoyed the Skype interview with composer Chris Rogerson yesterday. It is always a treat to collaborate with a composer so that they can provide direct feedback about our performance. I also hope you realize that things are not as set in stone as they sometimes seem. There are so many variables in any given performance of any given work. By this point in my career I have collaborated with many composers. I have since found that the music making process is much more fluid than I previously thought. I think that is a comforting notion for the performer.
Tomorrow we will brush up on the first two movements of Tchaikovsky, then record the entire program in order. My hope is that we gain perspective on what we actually produce. Recording is almost always a really helpful step. From my own experience, I often am surprised by it. I have thought things like, “Wow, I had no idea the brass are covering that melody” or, “I didn’t realize how sloppy that comes across” or, “I could swear I was playing that on time, but it really sounds behind.”
We may listen to portions on Friday, or I may decide that we need time in sectional to clean up specific areas of technical deficiency. I would prefer to do the latter, but want to ensure that everyone hears the recording. It can be the most significant catalyst to practice what really needs improvement. Perhaps after tomorrow’s rehearsal we can discuss our options.