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Winter Quarter 2024

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2024! We are excited to get back to making music with you!

Saturday, February 3- RETREAT- Seating Auditions

Your coach will be listening for: tone quality, intonation, rhythm, tempo, articulation, and style.

Please perform as close to the concert tempo as you are comfortable playing. Clean playing at a slower tempo is better than fast and inaccurate.

Tempo Markings-

  • Corelli- Adagio quarter note = 66; Allegro = 108
  • Sheldon- quarter = 72
  • Saint Saens= half note = 108
  • FLUTE
    • Corelli: 43-51
    • Sheldon: 16-20, 29-33
    • Saint Saens: 2-3, 22-23
  • OBOE
    • Corelli: pickup to 74-83
    • Sheldon: 16-20, pickup to 27-34
    • Saint Saens: 2-3, 20-21
  • CLARINET
    • Corelli: 43-51
    • Sheldon: 1-8, 16-20
    • Saint Saens: 2-3, 6-7
  • BASS CLARINET
    • Sheldon: 4-9, 22-35
    • Saint Saens: 6-8, pickup to 17-18
  • TRUMPET
    • Corelli: 17-25, 83-90
    • Sheldon: 1-10, 15-21
    • Saint Saens: 6-7, 12-13
  • HORN
    • Corelli: 57-69
    • Sheldon: pickup to 8-13, 27-35
    • Saint Saens: 9-10
  • EUPHONIUM
    • Corelli: 17-25
    • Sheldon: pickup to 27-35
    • Saint Saens: 16-17, 20-21
  • VIOLIN 1 and 2
    • Corelli: 1-30, 51-80
    • Sheldon: Pickup to 13-26, 35-40
    • Saint Saens: Pickup to 2-4, 6-9, 17-19
  • VIOLA
    • Corelli: 51-69, 78-99
    • Sheldon: 4-12
    • Saint Saens: 2-3, 4-bar after 5, 6-9, 11-12
  • CELLO and BASS
    • Sheldon: 7-13
    • Saint Saens: one before 2-3, 4 measures after 5-5 measures after 6, 4 measures after 16-17, 2 measures after 22-23

MUSIC PROGRAM-

We will be preparing three completely different pieces for our March concert. The first piece, the Corelli was originally written for a small chamber orchestra with soloists. This arrangement has the solo voices written into the section parts. We will be performing two movements from the Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No 6 in F Major- Adagio and Allegro.

Our second piece is Appalachian Morning, a modern piece by Robert Sheldon published in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, United Kingdom and celebrates the musical influences of the Irish and Scottish settlers in Appalachia. Music from this area of the country is heavily influenced by the folk traditions of Scotland and Ireland and we have chosen this piece to fit with our theme this year at BYSO celebrating the diversification of American music.

We will end our program with one of my favorite pieces March Militaire Francais by Camille Saint-Saens written in 1880.

RECORDINGS FOR REFERENCE-

There are many good recordings of each of these pieces. Here are some I found that you can start with as you are learning this music and learning what it sounds like. Please do find other recordings of these pieces on your own if you can. You will find that each ensemble chooses to perform the music a little differently according to how they interpret the music.

Corelli- Adagio and Allegro from Opus 6 No 6

Corelli Opus 6 No 6– The adagio starts at the beginning. The Allegro begins at 8:20.

Appalachian Morning

Appalachian Morning, by Robert Sheldon – Score & Sound (youtube.com)

Marche Militaire Francais

Suite algérienne -Camille Saint Saëns – YouTube– The 4th movement begins at 16:45

 

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