Excerpts when you get to pick
I'm thinking of trying the sub audition for one of the local freeway philharmonics this fall. Requirements are a concerto exposition, Schumann Scherzo, and "2 excerpts of the player’s choice from the standard repertoire for their instrument".
What would you choose, assuming the concerto will be Tchaikovsky? My inclination would be Don Juan plus either the standard Scheherezade solo excerpts or the Brahms 1's 2nd-movement solo excerpt, leaning Brahms. (All of those are on the list for their concertmaster audition.) This is for the simple reason that I already know them.
Don Juan and Mozart 39, 2nd and 4th movements.
I have a question regarding the notion of "exposition" of a concerto. What would be the exposition of Mendelssohn? Simply the first page? (Meaning the high B after the octaves.)
I think basically up to the first tutti? Anyway in Mozart allegros it's pretty obvious where the exposition gives way to the development. But those are classical allegros.
Thanks, Mary Ellen. (I know Mozart 39 from past community orchestra performance.)
ditto Mozart 39, last movement. Beethoven 9- slow movement, 1st violin (of course)the busiest variations.
That second movement really is a pain. We did Beethoven 9 in my orchestra in this past year, and I spent an annoying amount of time woodshedding that movement.
I second Mary Ellen's but...you only get 2, and the Mozart would be 2 by themselves.
There are numerous Mozart 39/II spots used for excerpts. Which measures are you thinking of?
The Mozart 39 2nd mvt spot I'm most used to hearing is after the first repeat, forte, F C F Ab Ab G F E G Bb Db etc. with a cut in the repeated notes. Apologies for not having bar numbers handy. Hardly anyone plays the rhythm with the turns correctly after the repeated Bbs.
I'm more used to hearing the first two repeated sections (I think it's 1-28) in Mozart 39 2nd, although it's not uncommon to ask for it to continue on into the forte passage.
Oh yes, definitely, NO concertmaster excerpts unless you are specifically auditioning for concertmaster! Otherwise it just comes across as presumptuous.
Mary Ellen, what do you take as being the correct rhythm for the turns in Mozart 2nd mvt? I think that I've heard both on- and before-the beat interpretations in recordings, but my ears may be fooling me...
Juliana, I like to hear the turn before the beat--in other words, if you first play the excerpt without the turns, and then add the turns, the main notes will not move in relation to the beat.
Mary Ellen--thank you, that's good to know.