Conducting III Assignment #9: Building a Season (a sketch)

April 7, 2018, 12:06 PM · For my conducting class, we are to make a fake concert season! This assignment really excites me for many reasons, but the main one is a reason that I have discussed many times over the course of my blog: I love the fact that there is so much orchestral music (let alone all music) in the world for consumption, and this assignment lets me pick out some of the many styles of orchestral literature I know and organize it into 7 distinct concerts! (And, of course, the fact that on my violin, I can play (or have the opportunity to play) everything, all these distinct styles, on one instrument. I've always, always loved this from 2012 onward, not just in concert music but film and video game music too, so every time something new for my instrument comes out, I get giddy all over again!) There are some various other requirements in terms of something from each musical era (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, 21st century, etc.), or something from various parts of the world (United Kingdom, America, Italy, France, Asia, etc.). So partly because I've been going back through both this blog as well as my listening journals I've done in the past for some ideas of music I've liked, I thought I'd share a couple sketches for two of my concerts I've started working on this afternoon!

So this is still very much a work in-progress, and perhaps I could share my finished concert season in May, but I thought I'd give you a little taste of what I've been working on this afternoon! When I do publish my finished assignment, you could come back and compare it here!

Musically Ever After: A Children’s Concert (it’s still a working title)

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1888), op. 46 (15’)
Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (1911) (16’)
Sergey Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (1936), op. 67 (26’)
Gustav Holst: Selections from The Planets (1914-16) (23’)
Mars, The Bringer of War (7’)
Venus, The Bringer of Peace (8’)
Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity (8’)
TOTAL: (90’)


George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Yeah… We’d have different pianists playing each selection.

I am definitely going to get very personal about the music I put in my concerts and include stuff that I've enjoyed throughout my musical life as a whole, which is fantastic! My classmates will all have completely different music on their concerts as well, and I can't wait to go and discuss our own personal musical histories and choices!


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