Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo excerpt
Forgive me if this thread has been done before, but I am looking for some practice tips for this excerpt.
I've been working with a metronome on set to different metres each time (I've set it to one, two, and three beats per measure). Another focus has been to have a pleasing sounding bowstroke throughout while being musical. I've questioned a lot which notes should be short and which ones a little longer.
Overall, I am struggling a bit to make the whole thing sound cohesive, so any tips would be great, thanks!
How in the world could you possibly play this with two beats per measure? It’s in one. I could see practicing it very slowly at three beats but that would only be helpful to a limited extent.
I wrote a bunch of stuff before realizing that you're a pro and not a student. Deleted it.
Thanks for the help so far! I'll take a look at that video...I am open to any and all tips as most of the standard excerpts I have worked on with a teacher in the past, but not this one.
Have you listened to the preucil excerpt cd? iirc he has a decent spoken rundown of it.
Thanks Irene, I'm just an amateur but I find such advice interesting and inspiring to read.
Audrey Wright's demo referenced by Lydia is a great one to follow.
Andrew, I'm sorry about your friend.
Thank you Christian.
All great anecdotes and tips! Thank you!
My sincere condolences Andrew.
Andrew I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Even more sorry, perhaps, to hear that he was denied a performance opportunity because of a mere physical disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act was written for him and others like him.
Come on Paul, it's funny! Just go watch the Cliff Notes video on excerpt prep! (What I want to know, is there a cello version???)
Paul, I can’t speak for Lydia, but my edits were to change the tone of my response from that appropriate for a student to that appropriate for a colleague. My substantive advice was not removed.
Paul, similar. I was originally writing as if to a high school student who might have never played the work before and might find it technically difficult. That would have been inappropriate. After I realized his background, I assumed given the OP's background that he'd already been through an orchestral excerpts class where he'd likely studied this. I also assume that he has access to expert coaching for whatever audition he's preparing to take.
Both the Mendelssohn and Schumann Scherzo can be a beast - for me it was the Schumann! Here are some of my "tricks" from when I was taking a lot of auditions...all of them passed on to me by teachers, except the TV thing.
One of the great things about this site is that it welcomes everybody, and has contributions from everybody, from people like Nate Cole, through working professionals, and teachers to highschool students.
I really appreciate the replies! And thanks for the consideration on the tone in the responses. Yes, I have gone through excerpt classes, have lots of experience with auditions and orchestras etc.. I still do love to discuss and exchange technical ideas and tips with my colleagues all the time, as you sometimes get widely varying responses depending on peoples' different educational backgrounds and some regional variations as well. It can be really fascinating.
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