her post dated September 26, 2016 at 02:59 PM in the thread on community orchestras).I play in what Lydia would call a "casual" community orchestra (see Lydia's interesting taxonomy of community orchestras in
Here are some of the pieces we have played over the past years. We can play these pieces in tune and with reasonable sound but often we play them a bit slower than they should be played.
Schubert unfinished symphony
Schubert 5th symphony only 1st and 2nd part
Bizet Carmen Suite
Orff Carmina Burana
Debussy Petite Suite (Büsser orchestration)
Beethoven Egmont ouverture
Dvorak Slavonic Dances op.46 (the four easiest ones :-)
Mozart Symphony no.38
Mozart Magic Flute ouverture
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite (without ouverture!)
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite
Tchaikovsky Romeo&Juliet Fantasy Ouverture
Nielsen Aladdin Suite
You get the idea! Now I would love to propose us to play a full symphony, so far Mozart 38 was the only one we did so far. But...we are not that good! We all duly practice our parts, but there are clear limits to our technical ability, and we don't want to perform something that we can't make sound good! What I mean is that symphonies at the level of Dvorak New World, Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Beethoven 5, Mendelssohn Italian, are obviously out for purely technical reasons. It is typically the final part of such symphonies that would kill us.
Also, very important, our wind players want to play some of the melodies, so it cannot be one of these symphonies where virtually all the melody is continually in the strings and the winds are just there to color things up or play a forte note here and there! For example they did not like Mozart 38 for that reason.
Is there a full symphony you would consider recommending us to look at?
Many thanks in advance!
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