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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
  16. Properly taught Suzuki students shouldn't have any trouble with counting (most of the violinists I know did Suzuki and they don't generally have bad rhythm). If you're really doing the whole Suzuki method, you should probably keep going more or less in order. I just used the books for the music and skipped around. alemap- I was 12 when I got my violin but turned 13 a month later. I was in 7th grade at the time. I'm 17 and in 12th grade now.
  17. It's rare for people to go through Book 10 Suzuki. The last two are just rather bad editions of Mozart concertos. What level group do you want to join? I played in a community group for a little while where few in the second violin section could play Suzuki 6. If you have generally solid technique and good intonation, try calling local groups to see what they reccommend as qualifications and see if you can meet them. I think 12 years of practice is a bit of an overstatement...but if you start at age 3, I suppose the situation is different. I played violin in the aforementioned group after three years (I'm a medium late starter- began at 13). And see if there are full orchestras around as well. Good luck and have fun, Micaela
  18. Hello! I haven't been around much recently due to extreme amounts of homework but it's nice to be back. There is one cellist at my high school and a whole lot of violinists (of course). We usually have one select string ensemble but decided on two quartet-ish groups this year. Politics happens and I'm the first violinist in a group composed of three violins, a viola and a bass!?!?! What quartet music is there with a fairly minimal cello part which stays in the lower register? Our bassist's good; he just plays the wrong instrument. We'd like to play real quartet music; it won't sound perfect but it's all we can do. Ideally, the first violin and viola parts would be the most dominant (the cello's not a cello and the 2nd violins aren't the best). We're trying the American Quartet next week, at the suggestion of our ambitious violist, I think it's beyond us. Are there any nice, manageable quartets with small cello parts? I think Mozart or Haydn may work. My real goal is to merge the two quartets and play the Mendelssohn Octet. Unfortunately, I think that's about as likely as us being able to play the American. Thanks, Micaela
  19. Look at the college's music department's web site. They usually list their policy- some have a time limit or an earlier deadline for tapes (Vassar's deadline for tapes is December 15, but the application isn't due until January 1st). They also often say whether the tapes will help or not. I can't see how it would hurt your application and it would probably help it. I'm doing the same thing...I'm applying Early Decision, I think, so I have to get recording. Fellow senior in college admissions hell, Micaela
  20. Hi! It was pretty good. I confess to being last chair clarinet. I was just happy to be one of the five in the state who was accepted (they took 30 violins...so last out of 5 isn't too bad). The conductor was wonderful and (most) of the music was great. We played the Tchaik 4, the Symphonie fantastique the Beethoven Seventh and some shorter stuff. My favorite part was going to all of the Philadelphia Orchestra concerts (but Charles Dutoit is an absolutely indecipherable conductor). Everyone there was amazingly good and almost everyone was headed toward a conservatory (but not me). They were also heavily from Long Island. The focus was almost entirely on ensemble playing and there wasn't an enormous amount of practice time. But we could sign out and wander around Saratoga when we weren't busy (not often). The food was pretty bad; I spent a bit of money on Chinese food. I hope your son gets in. Most of the people were juniors or seniors, or even going into college. It's not easy...
  21. While I don't appear in any of these pictures, I was there and am in some of Rainyann's other pictures. Micaela Back from a month of camp
  22. You seem to be looking for what I've been looking for for about a year now. I've found that it's very important to decide how much music and how much academics you want. I'm mostly considering colleges in the Northeast US. I think I'm going to apply to Swarthmore, Oberlin (maybe as a double major), Barnard, Wesleyan, Wellesley, Vassar, Eastman and Bard (preference in more or less that order). I've also visited Smith, Peabody, NEC, CIM, UPenn (not Penn State), Yale, Princeton and Sarah Lawrence. If you have questions about any of those schools, please e-mail me (I'm leaving for camp tomorrow and won't be around this board). It's important to look through the liberal arts colleges' catalogs and see how much music classes they offer and whether they are ones you'd like to take. Also, ask to drop in on an orchestra rehearsal if you can to see if they attract good musicians. I live about 20 minutes away from Ithaca. It's a great town, if somewhat overly opinionated. Ithaca College is very good for music education but kind of jocky also. It's not my style but if that's what you're looking for you should visit. DON'T apply to a college without visiting if it's remotely possible. I had almost decided that Yale was my first choice until I went there. Good luck! You're right about the college question being inevitable. Research thoroughly but try not to let it take over your life (as it has for some of my friends- the end result is not good).
  23. I once had a wind ensemble conductor who was a Tai Chi nut and mixed it with his conducting. Needless to say, he was extremely expressive but lacked any decisive beat. He looked like he was painting a picture of the music, not conducting it. I was concertmaster and had to take charge of the clarinets. It was very difficult because he also happened to choose hectic modern music. Thursday night was the first time I'd ever seen Masur conduct from the front (as opposed to the audience's view). I think I would have trouble following him, too. But an orchestra of the Philharmonic's caliber probably doesn't need terribly much help from the podium and I'm sure they understand him a great deal better than I do.
  24. "Well, guess what, parents and teachers complained that the adjudication was too harsh and that I should give positive ratings!!!! and in fact, the next year I was told to give a specific percentage of A's!! REGARDLESS!!" !!!! There is nothing in New York regulations that specify memorization. I actually did my solo almost totally from memory because I knew it so well but I did have the music in front of me in case I got nervous. Congrtaulations to your son, RainyAnn. Does your county determine All-County from NYSSMA scores? We have a separate audition. It's fairly competitive because my county includes on of New York's larger cities.
  25. Tchaikovsky- Romeo and Juliet (I'm in the majority), Symphony No. 6 Stravinsky- Firebird Suite (I've done the last 2 movements but I want to do the rest) Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture Mozart- Symphony No. 40 Berlioz- Symphony Fantastique My youth orchestra director's artistic tastes aren't very similar to mine (we've done lots of Wagner and some Lutoslawski) so I hope to catch some of this at summer camp. Almost anything big and Romantic but not Wagner is good with me.
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