It is obvious that there has been a lot of improvement over the past two weeks and with the first day of sectionals! Keep up the good work! Sectionals will continue for the next three rehearsals so continue marking challenging parts in your music so they can be brought up with your section coach. Also, be sure to head directly to your sectional room when you get to the AYS building- we had several students come in a bit late. Same thing goes for break time- it is very important that everyone returns promptly so no one misses the tuning process or important information.
Continue practicing the A flat major scale and add the E flat major scale, as seen in Tales of Vandosar starting at measure 119. The several places where the tempo changes in Gershwin and Tales of Vandosar should be circled or highlighted, especially since the tempo markings are notated below the staff instead of above like we usually see. If you are not sure what the conductor’s beat patternis be sure to write it in at the next rehearsal. It always makes conductors happy to see musicians jotting things down in their music).
We did not get to Sea Songs during rehearsal, but be sure to spend some time on it for next time- your section coach will be spending some time on this during sectionals. Although this piece will go relatively fast (112 bpm) it should be practiced somewhere around 80 for note and rhythmic accuracy. The melody is passed along pretty quickly so it is very important that you understand when you or your section has it, who gave it, and who it will be passed off to. Woodwinds, brass, and percussion- listen to a recording while following along the music will help with rhythmic accuracy and maintaining a steady tempo.
Tales of Vandosar
There has been a good amount of improvement with this piece, especially the eighth note and triplet passages. The rhythm is more accurate, but keep working with the metronome as well as practicing slowly for note accuracy.
Passages to work on in Tales of Vandosar:
I- measures 42-46
Oboe I, trumpet I, violin I, and viola- the section starting at pick up to 92.
Trombone I- measures 84-92
Trombone & violin I- pick-up to 108
I, II, and viola - measures 54-61
Cello- pick up to measure 100 and measures 133 to 137.
Continue to listen to recordings of this piece and follow along your music. It is you all are capable of making it sound great!
Strings- passages like letter “H” are challenging. In rehearsal, you were asked to play only the notes that fall on the beat, once that is perfected (with the correct fingering) practice slowly and add the rest of the notes.
Cello players- 5 before letter B is a very exposed part, be sure to take a few minutes on this during practice or with your private lesson teacher.
George Gershwin in Concert
Continue working on the things mentioned in last week’s rehearsal notes:
There are four famous melodies that are featured in this piece. The first melody is from Rhapsody in Blue, the second is from a song called “I Got Rhythm”, the third is another song called “To Watch Over Me”, and the final melody brings us back to Rhapsody in Blue. To get an idea of how these sound, listen to each one and pick out the places in your music that you have the melody. Counting out the rhythms is listening to a recording can put it all into context.
Have an awesome week!
Ms. Brasher and Mr. Corbin
We rely on donations from generous individuals and businesses like you to provide symphonic performance experiences to Albuquerque’s talented young musicians and access to music education for students in need.