May 1, 2013 at 1:59 AMThis past Sunday was a blast! It was the 1pm-5pm Fox Valley rehearsal, and it was amazing playing in a full orchestra setting. (I also auditioned and got second chair second violin!) When we played the Tchaik Symphony No. 2 Finale, there were some awesome crash cymbals that lead to loud brass I heard while furiously playing my fast sixteenth notes. And a tam-tam (that sounds to me like the gong at Stir Crazy) part at the very end of the recapitulation right before the crazy-fast coda sounded amazing. All in all, I learned about some new percussion parts to put in my symphony (and future compositions, of course!). The Bach Sheep May Safely Graze, arranged for full orchestra, was pretty, but the Giannini Symphony No. 2 (not a common piece) was spooky, literally played completely at ff, and awesome! It sounded NOTHING like I thought it would when I was practicing on my own. Unfortunately, all during rehearsal I was feeling not too well, and by the time Monday rolled around I had to stay home sick, so I didn't get to play in the concert Monday night. :( The rehearsal I did get to go to was still fun, and I learned a lot. Our conductor told us when we see 'expressively' written in our music, it means, to us as string players, play with vibrato. :)
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