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  1. in 2 weeks time there is a book launch in Cremona of the first comprehensive monography about Nikolai Kittel.

    Written by the experts on Kittel: Grünke, Gabriel and Chins. 30 Kittel bows in it. And some photos of documents contributed by kenway.

    There will be a lot of your questions and answers in it. www.nikolai-kittel.com



  2. This is the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra's current music: Rossini, Overture to The Barber of Sevile Mozart, Flute Concerto No. 1 (concerto comp. winner) Chabrier, Espana Barber, Intermezzo from Vanessa Upcoming, past: Brahms, Academic Festival Overture Ives, Variations on America (grrrr) Bizet, Suites from Carmen Dvorak, Slavonic Dances I wish we did more symphonies- none this year and only a Hanson symphony last year. I guess our conductor wants us to do a broader range of shorter pieces. I think we could play more or more difficult music than we do now; our conductor's a perfectionist (which I guess isn't a bad thing). We have our concert next weekend. Then we have our side-by-side concert with the Syracuse Symphony. When and how often does your orchestra rehearse? We rehearse for two and a half hours every Sunday afternoon.
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    In the same vein, has anyone heard Barber's arrangement of his Adagio for Strings for chorus? It's beautiful but in one recording I heard the tempo has to be sped up enough (for breath support, I guess) that it should be called Allegretto non troppo. (really he set it to words, it's an agnus dei).
  4. My school orchestra played Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana by Mascagni last year. It's very heavy on the first violins. We used a string ensemble arrangement which used the piano to cover the missing wind parts. While it's beyond the level of most high school orchestras, Bloch's concerto grosso has a big piano part. With that instrumentation, maybe you should get some violin ensemble music. Or give a few of the violinists violas and teach them to read alto clef. You have my sympathies; my school orchestra only has one cello (but we also only have 4 firsts, 3 seconds and 3 violas).
  5. Thanks! I think I'm going to major in music and minor in history. I could end up switching the major and minor or maybe doing a double major. I'm also interested in literature and philosophy and I don't have to declare until the end of my sophomore year so ya never know... Micaela
  6. I'm going to Swarthmore. I got my letter today. It's my first choice and I even got a small scholarship. Micaela
  7. Kleiber, Mravinsky and George Szell (with Cleveland- especially for Mendelssohn and Mozart). I know this isn't the topic, but one of my least favorite conductors is Charles Dutoit. Micaela Senior and accepted to college!
  8. It all depends on the youth orchestra. I played the 7th at camp this year and it wasn't a strain at all, but that was an orchestra composed almost entirely of juniors and seniors headed towards conservatories. This piece requires very good string sections and horns; most of the other parts aren't terribly difficult. It also depends on the conductor's approach to the music. If he/she's making them play it faster then they can comfortably handle, I can understand the frustration. And they don't have to play the last movement at a breakneck pace to get a feel for the piece. If it's so much of a monster for the orchestra that the musicians just hate it by March, I doubt that it's appropriate. Micaela Senior and accepted to college!
  9. Is that the arrangement by a certain V. Ledig? I played that in orchestra last year and was in pain for every single measure. You should not be allowed to do that to Brahms! I had to turn the music in, but I don't remember there being anything tricky and/or confusing- it's probably just a reminder of a high 2. If that's the famous melody bit (I think it is) it sounds best if you go up into third position on the G string instead of staying in first position and going to the D string. And don't let that arrangement give you a bad opinion of Brahms. Get a CD of the real version and bask in the glory.
  10. tc: the very one. You must know the Beethoven quartets really well (or have the score lying around). More generally: Thanks for your help, everyone! I've printed out the whole thread and I'm going to try your suggestions out when I next practice. Carlos: I'm thinking of the second page, 14 after the second ending. I'm not sure where you're talking about- could you give me a measure number? I hope I'll be able to make the rest of my quartet happy on Tuesday. Thanks again. Micaela
  11. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I haven't posted in a while. I sent in my college application a few weeks ago so I may have the time now to drop in more often. Anyway, I'm playing a Beethoven quartet, 1st violin (it's one of the opus 18 quartets). There's a part in first position, three beats rest and then a sforzando in fifth position- a high D, 2 on the E string. I'm having trouble coming in exactly in tune. I try to hear the pitch before playing it but that doesn't seem to help my fingers very much. Now, I'm afraid I'm going to be out of tune and I don't come in strongly enough. Sometimes I'm in, sometimes I'm out and repeated practice isn't helping much so far. How can I find the pitch reliably? Thanks for reading, Micaela
  12. The violinists rotate parts, I believe. Great quartet, IM(slightly)HO.
  13. I've played the second movement. As an uneducated guess, I'd put the difficulty at an 8 or 9 *technically* among other popular concertos and an 8 if you count Ernst, Paganini, and other weird stuff. It's tough.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely look for a bunch of these. I guess I was stuck in an instrumental frame of mind; maybe I can find a vocal book of movie songs.
  15. My school has a big benefit auction every year. This year, the theme of the event is movies. About a week ago, they remembered to mention to the music department that they want us to play some movie music (the gig's in early November). Are there any GOOD, easy to prepare arrangements of movie music for solo instrument and piano or for string quartet? It seems most available music is for beginners and sans accompaniment or is for full orchestra. I'm not a big fan of most movie music (of course, my first thought was The Red Violin) but I guess I'll have to put up with John Williams for a little bit. I've looked through his "Devil's Dance" but I don't have time to learn it thoroughly. Thanks, Micaela
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