College Orchestra Audition Excerpts
Hi, I'm auditioning for a college orchestra in the next few weeks and I have a few questions.
In 76, would 4,1,3,4,3,1 be a viable fingering? Is keeping down 1st finger a good idea in the measure? Also, the transition between the open A and the first septuplet is hard for me because I tend to slam down on the E, is a slight pause okay here?
How is it possible to play this at 132? Particularly the transition on the 2nd line from the D to the D octave and B-flat. When I go fast, I always slam that chord and the notes can't be heard. Also what is a good fingering for the pentuplets and how do I go about practicing them?
I am completely confused about your questions regarding the first example. There are no septuplets. Do you mean sextuplets? Are you talking about the transition from 72 to 73? You can't take any extra time there without throwing a monkey wrench into your section ensemble (not to mention the rest of the orchestra). However, there may be more time than you're thinking, i.e. I think it's possible that you're rushing over the bar line. Similarly, I am not sure to which notes your 4,1,3,4,3,1 would be applied in 76. I would keep my 1 down for the first eight notes, fingered 4,1,3,1,4,2,1,2 (crossed over the 1 to the A string) and then shift to 3rd position for the second half of the bar. But I have large hands and am very secure in shifting; that may not be the safest fingering for you.
Brahms; I agree with Mary Ellens fingerings for bar 76. That's what I've used.
Thanks for the helpful advice Ms. Goree, I'll definitely incorporate that into my preparation.