Rehearsal: Really Worried :/
So i'm joining an orchestra for their final concert for the year and they've already had heaps of rehearsals with the pieces. This is my first rehearsal with them and it just happens to be a 7 hour long one with tutorials and sectionals and all and i only printed out the music today so i barley know it and one of the pieces is Russlan and Ludmilla which is CRAZY fast. What am i meant to do! HELP
gosh imagine if someone from that orchestra was on this website !!
oh and by the way the concert is in like 2 weeks...
Practice everything else. Fake the Glinka.
I was thinking i could do that until i could practice it properly before the next rehearsal but won't it be obvious?
In the Glinka? It's only obvious if you don't fake it well. :-)
1. Look busy with fingers and bow, even if you're not making much sound.
Okay, i guess i'm just worried that others in my orchestra will judge me haha but i reckon i can nail it before the concert :)
7 hours? Some people have no sense.
There is one run in the 1st violin part to R & L that is exposed; that's the ascending A major scale (that goes from E to E) 20 bars after letter H. (I don't know if these match your rehearsal letters but I'm looking at the first violin part on IMSLP.) Anyway, it's all under a slur in piano.
The word from a professional conductor I had for a number of years (30 or so years ago):"when in doubt - air bow."
R&L was the very first piece I ever played in orchestra. I had been invited to join a community orchestra because my teacher was the concertmaster. I took a stand with one of his other students at the back of the first violins. The first rehearsal is when you get your music -- this is the case in many community orchestras. The conductor, a jolly man named Arthur Stephan, tapped his baton and said, "Let's start with the Glinka." We were brutalized.
I've always found overtures to have the worst work:reward ratio of any orchestral music. So many notes, so frequently exposed. So little rehearsal time, often. My university orchestra conductor loved to throw something like Candide or a Rossini overture into a program that also included a big symphony and a concerto. We'd never quite manage to rehearse it enough. I guess they are audience pleasers, though.
Just jump in and do your best! (And if in doubt, "fake-ando"!)
Since you have two weeks, it looks like you do have some time to get it up to snuff. You can use the faking tactics others have mentioned for the parts you still haven't learned, but I would recommend practicing with a metronome, starting slowly, and working it up to tempo, and practicing lots of different rhythms with the fast running 8th note passages. Make sure that you are generally using very little bow, completely relaxed, and not generating the stroke from your entire arm.