November 2010

Tutti experience

November 4, 2010 10:39

This is kind of a new experience to me - doing a job in an orchestra. I joined the 1st violins in a project orchestra for the Zauberflöte. It's a fine ensemble, some music teachers, some music academy students, some experienced amateurs and some pros. I have never played in a serious orchestra project before, having always played chamber music (or contemporary music with my own bands as a leader). That's why I'm used to choose (or write/arrange) the repertoire mostly by myself. I accepted the request to join the project at once, but I find it a bit hard to practice all the tutti stuff, where there are very few passages that sound or feel "violinistic". Stop and go all the time, no singing lines like in a romantic sonata or flowing lines like in a Bach piece.

Well, in the end it'll be a lot of fun. But I think being a fulltime orchestra musician wouldn't have been the right thing for me, having to play the choice of others most of the time (an opera??? Why no Brahms???). But who knows...

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