JS - Rehearsal Notes (9-19-15)

JS Students and Parents,

Rehearsal notes for September 19, 2015

“Celebration”:
Now it’s only two measures that need diligent practice (the dotted quarter measure, and then the scale measure shortly after). Work those, but good job on the big picture.

Scherzo:
- remember and review our work on measures 27 through 43 – one of those transitions!
- Violas at 65; woodwinds at 73-78 – work on those 8th notes!
- Strings - work on the figures with triplets: violins at 65; viola/cello at 73 – and similar places!
- All – look through the “Meno Mosso” section – 157-223 or so: find the melodic figures that come – sometimes in the middle of lots of rests! 
- Listen, listen, listen! YouTube is an amazing resource, so use it to be a better musician.

“Hava Nagila”:
Good work! This piece is coming along, and even with the cut-time and the sheer velocity, you’re doing great! Soloists, please take this opportunity to make something special with what Bauernschmidt has given you: the opportunity to WOW everyone with a soulful passage that is all you! I was considering adding an introductory solo before the start of the piece (in the Yiddish style), and more info soon.

Villlanesca:
- Violin I, flute, oboe, clarinet – work on the melodies from the beginning to the key change – try to make the grace notes very natural and ‘graceful’ sounding
- Woodwinds and Brass: the Molto Andante is your section! Trumpets, oboe, and clarinet I, remember the rhythm with the 32nd notes is not super fast, and again needs to sound natural. Please treat this middle section like a solo. It does feature woodwinds and then brass, but the individual parts MUST be there for it to sound. Listening to a good recording will help in timing your part in this chorale-like section.

Great Locomotive Chase:
- We didn’t play the opening this time, but woodwinds and brass who have lines before 19, please practice them – they are solos!
- All – work on dynamics! mF should sound very different than FF!
- in the ¾, those with the big melody (horns, violas and cellos, then violins as well), play that one much more legato than the rest of the piece.
- those of you with scale figures from 123 to the end – make sure you have the exact notes, and can play them evenly with crescendos!

“Nutcracker”:
We didn’t work this today, but we will play it Saturday, so be ready.

Thanks – and see you next week!

Mr. Corbin and Mr. Armerding

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