Welcome and Listening Links


Congratulations on being selected into the Youth Symphony! I hope you are having a great summer. I am excited for our upcoming season. Folders will be availalbe for pick up beginning next week Wednesday, July 5. You are expected to arrive at the Boot Camp with parts already learned, so please begin practice right away and come prepared. String chair tests will be held during the Boot Camp.

Following is a list of our pieces followed by links to listen to assist you in your study and preparation. There are many versions available online in addition to these, but these are a few of my favorites. I suggest listening to as many different recordings as possible, as it is important to hear how your individual part fits into the whole. This will make your practice sessions much more productive.    

Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich

This piece was premiered in 1954 at a concert held at the Bolshoie Theater in Moscow to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution. The Bolshoi's conductor found himself without a suitable new work to open the concert, and contacted Shostakovich just days before. Shostakovich set to work on the overture with great speed, completing it in just three days! He based it on Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla overture (1842), and it features the same lively tempo and style of melody.


Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 by Georges Enescu

Georges Enescu was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher, preeminent Romanian musician of the 20th century, and one of the greatest performers of his time. Many of Enescu's works were influenced by Romanian folk music, his most popular compositions being his two Romanian Rhapsodies. He was also a famous violin teacher: Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Ferras, Ivry Gitlis, Arthur Grumiaux, and Ida Haendel were among his pupils. He promoted contemporary Romanian music.


Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin by Camille Saint-Saens (featuring concerto winner Maya Taylor)

This piece was written in1863 by Camille Saint-Saens for the virutoso vioinist Pablo de Sarasate.


Sigurd Jorsalfar; Three Pieces from the Incidental Music by Edvard Grieg

This suite is a work of incidental music composed by Edvard Grieg for a play by Bjornstjerne Bjornson celebrating King Sigurd I of Norway. The play is rooted in the mystical world of Nordic folklore. The plot concerns the joint rulers of twelfth-century Norway, two brothers Sigurd and Øystein, and the maiden Borghild, who is loved by the first, but whose own feelings for the second go unheeded. The first movement comes from a scene as monarchs debate who shall be sole ruler, and which shall claim the hand of Borghild. She has chosen Sigurd, but he declares that his destiny lies elsewhere -- he must first seek the glory of his nation abroad, and sings the patriotic song "The Northland Folk" with his warriors. The second movement is a dramatic representation of the heroine's inner turmoil and confusion over her troth. The suite ends with "The King's Song," a noble pledge to deeds of valor both at home and elsewhere, dominated by the strains of the "Homage March.” Ushered in by four solo cellos, the march builds impressively toward a statement in double note values as the procession of devoted subjects of the two brothers fill the stage. 


Venus and Jupiter from ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst  

In March of 1913, Holst received an anonymous gift which enabled him to travel to Spain with Clifford Bax. Bax was an astrologer, and he and Holst became good friends, with Bax introducing him to the concepts of astrology. Due to this friendship. Holst began to rediscover his childhood intrigue with astrology, inspiring him to compose The Planets. NOTE: we will be performing Jupiter as our finale, but Venus is an “extra.” Please take a look at it, but we may or may not be performing both.

Venus: https://youtu.be/K1f8HjIkU3M          

Jupiter: https://youtu.be/T0Fx24Xzc3U

If you have any questions, you may email me at sayra@aysmusic.org.

Happy practicing!

Ms. Siverson                                               


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