Allemande or Sarabande for an audition piece?
Which piece do you think is better for a Youth Orchestra Audition? Thank you, C.
EDIT: From Partita no 2. I forgot to add.
EDIT (again): Let me add Gigue to that list as well.
You hear the Allemanda a lot.
I agree with Stephen -- but it *has* to be played well. If you're looking for a *single* orchestra audition piece, though, my money would be on a faster show-piece, something that shows your ability to play important orchestral bowings and a good command of the fingerboard in higher positions. Like maybe "Souvenir de Sarasate" or "Allegro Brilliante". Bach does not showcase those skills. They won't need you to play a lot of double stops or chords in a youth symphony. If I were an orchestra conductor I would rather hear a well played D minor Corrente or Giga than a well played Allemande or Sarabande.
I agree with Paul. Play a fast piece in tune and cleanly and with good tone. It doesn't have to be a really difficult piece.
Would I be better off playing the Gigue in D minor then?
If you can play it well, I think so. I'm not a pro or a teacher though. It's still not clear whether you're just playing one piece. It would rather surprise me if a youth symphony had a lot of excerpts that you had to learn up front, but maybe some of the nationally competitive ones do (or statewide in a big state like TX or CA).
Paul, I have to play 3 excerpts and a piece of my own choice.
It makes no real difference what you choose to play, only how well you play it.
Thank you Gene, that is really helpful!
Weren't you learning Mendelssohn recently? That's much harder than either of the Bach movements mentioned. If the first 2-3 minutes of that could be polished up to audition level, that would be my suggestion. Otherwise I would go with the Gigue. But Gene is exactly right about what people listen for in an audition.
The problem with Mendelssohn is how polished do you want those octaves to be on the first page.
Having sat on many youth orchestra audition committees and coached students for auditions, this is one of my important guidelines:
Mary, I only learnt the second movement of the Mendelssohn. Is it not too slow for an audition, in light of what Paul was saying about speed?