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Advanced Orchestra

Teacher: Kathryn Harpainter

kathrynharpainter@questforeducationandarts.com

 

Advanced orchestra 4.18.17

Prepare for the recital:

• Classical Symphony

o Learn the notes

• Little Fugue

o Remember to bring out the melody

o practice the solo sections

Review

• Dvorak

• Schubert





Advanced Orchestra 4.4.17

May 11 Thursday (Fine Arts Festival)

(Dress Rehearsal between 8:30-11am May 9, Performance May 11, 6pm)

Performance:

• Bach Little Fugue

• (Prokofiev Classical Symphony) Maybe

Prokofiev:

• Learn the notes

• Listen to a recording

Dvorak

• Listen to a recording

• Practice the piece both in 1 and in 3 beats per measure

Bach:

• Make sure you are able to play with a metronome

• Violin 2 solo's (be prepared)

Schubert:

• Keep practicing the syncopated rhythm

• Try saying your part when the rhythm is confusing

Link to print out part for Dvorak, Schubert, or Prokofiev:

http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/ed/IMSLP216056-PMLP359013-SET_OF_PARTS_Symphony_Themes.pdf

Advanced Orchestra 3.28.17

May 11 Thursday (Fine Arts Festival)

(Dress Rehearsal between 8:30-11am May 9, Performance May 11, 6pm)

Performance:

• Bach Little Fugue

• (Prokofiev Classical Symphony) Maybe

Prokofiev:

• Learn the notes

• Listen to a recording

Dvorak

• Listen to a recording

• Practice the piece both in 1 and in 3 beats per measure

Bach:

• Make sure you are able to play with a metronome

Schubert:

• Keep practicing the syncopated rhythm

• Try saying your part when the rhythm is confusing

Link to print out part for Dvorak, Schubert, or Prokofiev:

http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/ed/IMSLP216056-PMLP359013-SET_OF_PARTS_Symphony_Themes.pdf

Advanced Orchestra 3.21.17

Dvorak:

• Listen to a recording

• Learn the notes

Little Fugue:

• Practice playing quieter during accompaniment, louder during melody

Schubert:

• Metronome

Advanced Orchestra 3.14.17

Eine Kleine:

• Review your dynamics

Unfinished Symphony:

• Work with a metronome and make sure that your syncopated rhythms are correct

Little Fugue:

• Practice at a faster tempo with a metronome

• Make sure you don't play Forte when you are not the melody

Vote: Find a recording on Youtube

1. Dvořák: Symphony No 8, Op.88 - Allegretto grazioso

2. Bizet: Symphony in C major - Allegro vivo

3. Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4, Op.90 "Italian" - Allegro vivace

Advanced Orchestra 2.28.17

-Little Fugue

• Solo's Same as last week (violin 2)

• If your the practice listening to the players around you

- Eine Kleine

• Same solo's as last week (Violin 1)

• Careful to keep your rhythm steady

Unfinished

• Practice your syncopated rhythms with a metronome

Advanced Orchestra 2.14.17

-Little Fugue

• Solo's Same as last week (violin 2)

• If your the practice listening to the players around you

- Eine Kleine

• Same solo's as last week (Violin 1)

• No slides

• Careful to keep your rhythm steady

Unfinished

• Practice your syncopated rhythms with a metronome

Advanced Orchestra 2.7.17

Solo's Next Week (again)

Violin1: Eine Kleine (m. 56-74)

Violin 2:  Little Fugue (m. 6-17)

 

Eine Kleine: Prepare for connects performance March 17th

·      Make sure your bowings are correct this week

·      Violin 1: Make sure your 2nd position fingering for m. 56-74 is figured out

·      Violin 2: Remember to play off the string where I indicated

Little Fugue:

·      Keep learning the notes with a metronome

·      Don't play louder than the melody

Unfinished:

·      Finish learning the notes

·      Finish mastering the rhythm

Advanced Orchestra 1/31/17

Prepare solo's

Violin 1: Eine Kleine (m.56-74

Violin 2: Little Fugue (m. 6-17)

Eine Kleine:

• Violin 2: more off of the strings

• Violin 1: Check your bowings, and remember to split the chords (don't roll them)

Little Fugue:

• When you have the melody accent it and play louder. If you don't have it play quieter.

Schubert:

• Check your syncopated rhythms with a metronome.

• Listen to a recording of the piece this week.

• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAAmC2QCsg4

Save the day: Connects performance

March 17th, 2017 @ 2pm

Friendship Villas @ Orange Grove & La Cholla

Advanced Orchestra 1/24/17

Little Fugue: Solo's next week

• Work with a metronome (keep it steady)

• Dynamics: if you are not the melody play less. If you are the melody accent the notes and play louder.

• Work with the moving accents in the 16th note passages

Eine Kleine

• Quicker tempo

• Lighter bow (let the bow come off the strings a little more. Remember what it felt like playing with half of a bow)

• Split the chords (outside player takes the top two notes, inside player takes bottom two notes.)

Schubert

• Melody (work on the dynamics and articulation contrasts)

• Remember to play legato phrases over the bar line

• Dynamics in the tremolo section with the accents. Don't accent the last note.

• Check your intonation (especially if you are the melody)

Advanced Orchestra 1.17.17

Little Fugue: (I might ask for solo's)

• Spend time learning the notes.

• Work with a metronome and make sure that even if you mess up the notes you are able to keep going

• We are going to focus on this piece next week.

Unfinished Symphony (I might ask for solo's)

• Make sure you can play the piece all the way to the end

Eine Kleine:

• Great job on this one!

• We are going to pick up the tempo next week

• Go through your part and try to find the best fingering possible so you avoid string crossings and awkward shifts or intonation problems.

Advanced Orchestra 1.10.17

Great job everyone with the seating audition!

Here's the seating order for next week. I might move you guys around a little over the semester so don't worry if that happens.

Violin 1:

1. Will

2. Ezra

3. Josh

Violin 2:

1. Daria Flake

2. Mary

3. Michael

Viola:

1. Josiah

Cello:

1. Clare

2. Lee

Next week prepare:

1. Eine Kleine

2. Little Fugue

3. Unfinished Symphony

Advanced Orchestra 12/6/16

- Bach: Little Fugue

• Learn the notes

• Work with a metronome

- Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht

• Keep learning notes and rhythm

-Schubert: Unfinished Symphony

• Learn the notes and review

- Hall of the Mountain King

• Review

Advanced Orchestra 11/29/16

- Bach: Little Fugue

• Learn the notes

• Work with a metronome

- Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht

• Keep learning notes and rhythm

-Schubert: Unfinished Symphony

• Learn the notes and review

- Hall of the Mountain King

• Review

Advanced Orchestra 11/15

Schubert: PLEASE HAVE YOUR MUSIC ORGANIZED AND READY TO PLAY!

• We will be focusing on Beginning - m. 60

o Work with a metronome especially for the syncopated rhythm in m.

42-60

o 16th notes are supposed to be played at the tip (watch your

intonation)

Hall of the Mountain King:

• We won't be focusing too much on it for a while

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht

• Learn the notes

• Practice with a metronome (Start slow then speed up, Quarter note = 60-140

• This piece will eventually be counted in "2" not "4"

Bach: Little Fugue

• Learn the notes

• With a metronome (Start slow then speed it up)

• Focus on the harder sections (Anything with a lot of notes)

Advanced Orchestra 11.8.16

Great Job on the Fall Gala!

We will be moving forward with some new music as well as finishing up some old.

Practice:

- Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

- Hall of the Mountain King

- No more Mozart Symphony 40 or Toreadors for a while

Advanced Orchestra 11/1

It's Crunch time: The fall gala is this FRIDAY, performance at 6:30.

Please spend some extra time this week on preparing these sections:

This weeks solo's :

Toreadors:

• Violin 1: Beginning - B, D-I

• Violin 2: Beginning - B, D-I

• Viola: B-G

• Cello: m. 21-F

Mozart:

• Violin 1: Beginning - m. 20, m. 64-71, m. 120-140

• Violin 2: Beginning - m. 16, m. 64-71, m.100-111, 140-end

• Viola: Beginning-5, m.48-53, m. 68-72

• Cello: Beginning-m.5, m.16-21, m.46-51, m.65-70, m.113-133

• Mozart (Metronome marking: Half note = 110)

o Violin 1

§ Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§ m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato

notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ m. 129-130 Double up bow (not slurred)

§ watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

o Violin 2

§ Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§ m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato

notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ Watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

§ m.140 check your rhythm (turn on a metronome)

o Viola

§ m. 1-12 (and any time that pattern returns), play in the upper

half of the bow (helps with string crossings)

§ Prepare m. 48-71 and m. 137-140. I might ask you to play that

during class next week.

o Cello

§ Practice the opening string crossings. I want them less busy

sounding. Try with a metronome and the upper half of the bow

with a lighter dynamic.

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ m. 48-50 for string crossings

• Toreadors (Metronome marking: Half note = 140)

o Violin 1

§ Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier

bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§ "E" Build more in the cresc.

§ "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§ "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§ one before J (C#'s)

o Violin 2

§ Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier

bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§ "E" Build more in the cresc.

§ "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§ "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§ Last measure (F#'s)

o Viola

§ Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow,

don't let the bow get so high off the string)

o Cello

§ Vibrate when possible

§ Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow,

don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ m. 21- F, I will ask you to prepare as solo for next week

Things to practice:

• Work with a metronome

• Watch out for the key signatures

• Be diligent with the bowings

• Keep practicing In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the Unfinished

Symphony but they aren't as important for the next three weeks as Mozart

and Toreadors.

Advanced Orchestra 10/26

Prepare for the Fall Gala (11/11)

 

• Mozart (Metronome marking: Half note = 110)

o Violin 1

§ Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§ m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato

notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ m. 129-130 Double up bow (not slurred)

§ watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

 

o Violin 2

§ Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§ m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato

notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ Watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

§ m.140 check your rhythm (turn on a metronome)

 

o Viola

§ m. 1-12 (and any time that pattern returns), play in the upper

half of the bow (helps with string crossings)

§ Prepare m. 48-71 and m. 137-140. I might ask you to play that

during class next week.

 

o Cello

§ Practice the opening string crossings. I want them less busy

sounding. Try with a metronome and the upper half of the bow

with a lighter dynamic.

§ Double check the rhythm m. 68

§ m. 48-50 for string crossings

• Toreadors (Metronome marking: Half note = 140)

 

o Violin 1

§ Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier

bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§ "E" Build more in the cresc.

§ "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§ "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§ I'm going to ask every one to play G-I solo

§ one before J (C#'s)

 

o Violin 2

§ Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier

bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§ "E" Build more in the cresc.

§ "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§ "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§ I'm going to ask every one to play G-I solo

§ Last measure (F#'s)

 

o Viola

§ Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow,

don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ m.21- F and m. 48-55 I will ask you to prepare as solo for next

week

§ m. 64-67 prepare

 

o Cello

§ Vibrate when possible

§ Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow,

don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§ m. 21- F, I will ask you to prepare as solo for next week

§ Cello solo m. 21-F

 

Things to practice:

• Work with a metronome

• Watch out for the key signatures

• Be diligent with the bowings

• Keep practicing In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the Unfinished

Symphony but they aren't as important for the next three weeks as Mozart

and Toreadors.

Advanced Orchestra 10/18

Prepare for the Fall Gala (11/11)

·      Mozart (Metronome marking:  Half note = 110)

o   Violin 1

§  Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§  m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§  Double check the rhythm m. 68

§  m. 129-130Double up bow (not slurred)

§  watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

o   Violin 2

§  Keep melody light (float), and don't play during rests

§  m. 70. save bow, get back to the balance point for the staccato notes (make sure the bow stroke is off the string and light)

§  Double check the rhythm m. 68

§  Watch for the ending (last two measures slow down)

§  m.140 check your rhythm (turn on a metronome)

o   Viola

§  m. 1-12 (and any time that pattern returns), play in the upper half of the bow (helps with string crossings)

§  Prepare m. 48-71 and m. 137-140. I might ask you to play that during class next week.

o   Cello

§  Practice the opening string crossings. I want them less busy sounding. Try with a metronome and the upper half of the bow with a lighter dynamic.

§  Double check the rhythm m. 68

§  m. 48-50 for string crossings

·      Toreadors (Metronome marking:  Half note = 140)

o   Violin 1

§  Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§  "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§  "E" Build more in the cresc.

§  "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§  "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§  I'm going to ask every one to play G-I solo

§  one before J (C#'s)

o   Violin 2

§  Bowings for beginning: brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§  "B" vibrate the pizz, don't speed up

§  "E" Build more in the cresc.

§  "F" Rhythm. Practice with a metronome

§  "G" Intonation (C#'s), smooth melody.

§  I'm going to ask every one to play G-I solo

§  Last measure (F#'s)

o   Viola

§  Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§  m.21- F, I will ask you to prepare as solo for next week

§  m. 64-67 prepare

o   Cello

§  Vibrate when possible

§  Beginning use a brushy stroke (balance point, heavier bow, don't let the bow get so high off the string)

§  m. 21- F, I will ask you to prepare as solo for next week

Things to practice:

·      Work with a metronome

·      Watch out for the key signatures

·      Be diligent with the bowings

·      Keep practicing In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the Unfinished Symphony but they aren't as important for the next three weeks as Mozart and Toreadors.

Advanced Orchestra (10/11/16)

- Scales (3 octaves)

• A Major

Songs:

• Mozart

o Fix bowings (do what's written)

o Don't play through rests

o Work on dynamics

o Double check intonation

o Pick up the tempo (work with a metronome)

• Toreadors

o Bowings

o Heavy arm strokes

o Lower half of the bow (balance point)

o Work with a metronome (we will go faster this week)

• Mountain King

o Check the intonation

o Careful with accidentals

o Don't speed up until Rehearsal G

o Watch out for the Piano dynamics

• Unfinished Symphony

o Learn the notes

o Listen to a recording of the piece

Advanced Orchestra: 10/04

Scales:

- A Major (1, 2, 4, 8 per bow)

* Next week Bb Major

Sight Reading:

- Look ahead. Stay with the beat no matter what.

Toreadors:

• Practice with the new bowings

• Heavy arm weight

• Think longer phrases during the melody section (Cellos: 4 measures after

rehearsal B. Violins: Rehearsal G). Bow by the measure.

• Practice with a metronome (Goal tempo: Half note = 120)

• Pizz in violins don't speed Rehearsal B

Mozart 40:

• Practice dynamics (sudden dynamics)

• Don't let the tempo slow down

• Make contact between violin 1 and 2 for m. 45 and 53

• Work with a metronome