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  1. Well thanks a lot guys, I appreciate you're reply's. Unfortunately it always seems when I post something now adays I have to leave right away to my 'real-world' which is a city away where there is no computer for me. And now it seems the times will be more difficult as my family is moving to texas and i'll move to toronto, so whew its going to be a messy few weeks. About the Bartok, it was mentioned that the fugue in the first movement was 'sublime', well I completely agree - Bartok was a genius. Although amazing parts, his fuges in the piece, the one in the second movement is extremely difficult (intonation wise) and even more - its hard for the audience to understand this at all. Playing this piece for parents isn't a prime choice, but for musicians, you can not go wrong!
  2. Does anybody have neat info on this piece? My orchestra performed this yesterday (only 2nd and 4th movements). Also, about how long do you think does it take for a pro orch to be able to peform it? Our's sounded amazing, but of course had some flaws - a youth orch was performing! Intonation wise we were perfect, and rhythm wise also on the dot, but this piece is SO hard to get down musically for every part; you kinda just want to cocentrate on your part, and thats it, but knowing the other side's part makes it sound even better, dont you think?
  3. How many performers, in each category, are there supposed to be - around? thanks. p
  4. You know, i'm not to sure about what i'm talking about here, but the other day I was watching Bravo, and this Bach themed show came on, highlighting Yo-Yo Ma's solo suites, however not in concert, but as a drama show so it seemed. Several vingettes about people, and that 'to be continued' feeling at the end. It was weird. So, I dont think it was titled "Bach and Broccoli" but it was a Bach themed soap opera or something. Ha! Bravo always shows weird things like these. sorry to be no help, but I felt it necessary to tell my story too! Haha,
  5. Lauragigs, If im not wrong, I believe that the Ballet is the one about the "ritual gang-rape + murder", not the actual Piece Stravinsky wrote. But more importantly, when listening to a piece, I dont think you should pay any attention whatsoever (unless its a play, ballet you're watching, or a musical) to what its written about and/or for. You should close your eyes and listen to what its offering You, not everybody. When I'm listening to this piece I still think of Dinosaurs and Bee's and somewhat nature in a riot of change. Of course I had no idea whatsoever that the Dinosaur part is from Fantasia, (as i've never seen Fantasia), but was quite ammused to find out what I imagined is exactly what they portray in the movie! Since what you think of is a ritual sacrifice, etc, you should try and move beyond it and think of something different. Imagine something totally different. Try the dinosaur thing (the second half). Or, if you really cant get over the sacrifice, dont think of murder or anything... Just think of this girl dancing around on her own, having her own crazy thoughts, around a fire, and she slowly dies. (haha, hard to type all this while i'm listening to Shostakovich symphony 11. All I get from him in this symphony is 'spirals' and stuff. So cool.) Sorry my sentence structure seems "everywhere". I'm totally out of it this morning, and Shosti isn't helpin'!
  6. Yeah, so just another opinion question. I like knowing what others think about a particular piece. This is my favorite piece, but not far ahead any of the Shosti symphonies 5-10. Haha. This piece is amazing. I've always enjoyed memorizing every note of a modern piece (would you call Rite of Spring modern? what?) so that eventually your mind can play with the phrasing. For example, my favorite piece to phrase in my head is the Bartok Solo Violin Sonata. fun stuff! P
  7. Just wondering what ya'lls favorite B. Overture is. Mine is the Corolian, followed closely by the Egmont. Leonore is really not tasteful in my opinion, however does have one neat little strings obligato/ornament I like towards the end.
  8. Yeah! My favorite sonatas. I've only heard two of them, and my favorite for the second sonata is by Ilya Kaler, www.ongaku-records.com/Ilya.html listen for free! And Leila Josefowicz's recording of the 4th and 5th on her Solo Phillips CD with Paganini, the Bartok Solo Sonata (which is also my absolute favorite recording of anything) and Ernst's Erlking. wow!
  9. lol, true, pirastro olive is gone in like 10 minutes!
  10. Since we're telling our stores or boasting about our repertoire, i'll share what our repertoire is for this year. For the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, this past season, we performed Dvorak's Carnival Overture Brahms' Symphony #2, Stravinsky firebird Suite A modern work by french-canadian composer Mercure - Kaleidoscope This season we'll be playing Elgar Cello Concerto (full) and Sibelius Symphony #2 and a work by our guest conductor Gary Kulesha - The gates of time For my other orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Accademy, we're playing Beethoven Smphony 4 and Tchaikowsky's "Arias" (?) Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto #1 and Bartok Concerto for Strings (Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Of all of em', the Bartok is definately the most difficult...But, a very interesting piece - especially the second and fourth movement. The Beethoven is also a bit difficult. The Sibelius is probably my favorite, but for some reason our rehersals have been horrible, with the conductor literally taking it in half time so its double the tempo...Hideious. I was ready to walk out! -patrick
  11. I'm desperately tring to locate one for my friend for Christmas (He plays Bassoon). It was be the best for him, but I can not find anything. Help!
  12. Mostly, I'm wondering what you guys think on the Sebilus Symphony No. 2? I'm listening to bits and pieces. Looks nice n' all. But I dont think the audience will like it that much. Mostly, however, I love the ending - even tho a bit long, its neat and hits you in waves. Our second piece is the Elgar (full) cello concerto. Sir Andrew Davis is our conductor! Oh yea!! And the CBC radio is (by sponsorship of Yamaha) recording a CD of it. Hmmm, I cant wait! P
  13. Any info on this composer and pianist? I've heard his two recordings of the banshee and aeolian harp & sinister resonance. Those two works are amazing, (the latter composition being my favorite). -P
  14. Where have I been? I've been... busy! I'm real involved with the Music scene here in Toronto all of the sudden, and loving every second of it. As a matter of fact, I have a concert at Roy Thompson (where the TSO) and we're playing a back to back, and then next Tuesady we have our main performance! cant wait!! -P howve u been?
  15. I'm trying to find the first page to TRY!!! and play along. I just downloaded the MP3, and its..well, whoa. -Patrick