Week 8 Addendum

For those of you who don’t want to know how my warped mind works, here is the rehearsal list for Week 8:

Coronation March

Coppélia (all)

Funeral March of a Marionette

Carmen (may have to cut the Toreadors if we’re running out of time)

Canzonetta

The Pink Panther

Week 8: Saturday, 24 March

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 8:               Saturday, 24 March

Brindabella Orchestra Proposed May Program

Coronation March      (Le Prophète)                          Giacomo Meyerbeer

Coppélia                                                                                  Léo Delibes

Prelude and Mazurka

Valse

Czardas

Funeral March of a Marionette                                             Charles Gounod

Carmen                                                                                   Georges Bizet

Suite No. 1: Prelude (Fate Theme)

Entr’Acte (between Act I & II)

Introduction: Les toreadors

The Pink Panther                                                                     Henry Mancini

 

INTERVAL

 

Tune & Air for Trumpet & Orchestra                                     Henry Purcell

Royal Fireworks  ‘Suite’                                                          George F. Handel

Overture

Soirés Musicales Op. 9                                                           Benjamin Britten

March

Canzonetta

Tirolese

Enigma Variations                                                                  Edward Elgar

Nimrod

Harry Potter                                                                            John Williams arr D Harvey

 

The Plan for the next FIVE rehearsals:

For this week (8), I propose that we work on the program music for the first half of the concert PLUS the Canzonetta from Soirés Musicales Op. 9 which we’ll slot in instead of the Purcell Tune & Air.

There is no rehearsal on Easter Saturday, 31 March.

For Week 9 (Saturday, 7 April) we’ll work on the second half of the concert with whatever additional piece we still need to work on.

For week 10, we’ll work on pieces that still need cleaning up

For Weeks 11, 12 and 13, the aim will be to play through the entire concert in concert order.

That’s THE PLAN…but you all know about The bestlaid plans of mice and men, don’t you?!

Cheers!

Alpha

Dropped out for Week 8:

Handel                                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture

Purcell                                  Tune & Air for Trumpet & Orchestra                                                    Britten                         March and Tirolese

Elgar                            Nimrod

Williams/Harvey         Harry Potter

Week 7: Saturday 17 March

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 7:               Saturday, 17 March

Bizet                Carmen:  Prelude and Toreadors

Entr’Acte (Les Dragons D’Arcala)

Britten           Soirés Musicales Op.9

March

Canzonetta

Tirolese

Delibes        Coppélia:  Prelude and Mazurka

Valse

Czardas

Harvey       Harry Potter

 

New:                Bizet                Carmen:    Entr’Acte (Les Dragons D’Arcala)

Britten            Soirés Musicales Op.9        Canzonetta

Dropped out for Week 7:

Handel                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture

Purcell                  Tune and Air

Gounod               Funeral  March of a Marionette

Meyerbeer         Coronation March

Mancini              The Pink Panther

Elgar                    Nimrod

To do:

  1. Listen to recordings of the performance repertoire
  2. Practise!!

Cheers!

Alpha

Week 6: Saturday, 10 March

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 6:               Saturday, 10 March

Time                      Composer           Title                                                                                       Duration of piece

9:30am                 Delibes                 Valse                                                                                                     2:21

9:45am                                                 Czardas                                                                                               3:42

10:00am               Elgar                      Nimrod                                                                                               4:25

10:15am               Britten                  Soirés Musicales Op.9

Tirolese                                                                                              2:07

10:30am                                               March                                                                                                  1:22

10:45am                                               Morning Tea

11:05am               Bizet                      Carmen:  Prelude and Toreadors                                             4:00

11:20am               Gounod                Funeral  March of a Marionette                                                 4:09

11:40am               Meyerbeer         Coronation March                                                                           3:11

11:45am               Harvey                  Harry Potter                                                                                      6:00

 

New:

            Nothing new this week, but next week, we’ll look at the two pieces listed below:

Bizet                Entr’Acte (Les Dragons D’Arcala)                                                     1:48

Britten                  Soirés Musicales Op.9                                                                                                                                Canzonetta                                                                                          3:03

Dropped out for Week 5:

Handel                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture                                                          7:00

Purcell                  Tune and Air                                                                                       4:40

Delibes                 Coppélia:  Prelude and Mazurka                                                6:41

Mancini             The Pink Panther                                                                                2:58

 To do:

  1. Note the time change at A  in Harry Potter!
  2. Check your scores for dynamic markings and take note of them. Mark your score (in soft pencil)  if necessary.
  3. Try to find the time (and I do appreciate how difficult that can be) to go over the ‘tricky’ areas that we addressed in rehearsal (today, March 3) so that they have improved for next week’s rehearsal. We have 8 rehearsals till concert day!
  4. To your rehearsal of scales try the interval exercise we learned today:

1 – 2, 1 – 3, 1 – 4, 1 – 5, 1 – 6, 1 – 7, 1 – 8; 8 – 7, 8 – 6, 8 – 5, 8 – 4, 8 – 3, 8 – 2, 8 – 1

  1. As promised, we’ll add a chromatic scale beginning on C next week.

Cheers!

Alpha

Week 5: Saturday, 3 March

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 5:               Saturday, 3 March

Time                      Composer           Title                                                                                       Duration of piece

9:30am                 Delibes                 Valse                                                                                               2:21

9:45am                                                 Czardas                                                                                         3:42

10:00am               Elgar                      Nimrod                                                                                       4:25

10:15am               Britten                  Soirés Musicales Op.9

Tirolese                                                                             2:07

10:30am                                                     March                                                                                 1:22

10:45am                                               Morning Tea

11:05am               Handel                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture                                              7:00

11:20am               Gounod                Funeral March of a Marionette                                       4:09

11:40am               Meyerbeer         Coronation March                                                                 3:11

11:45am               Mancini             The Pink Panther                                                                    2:58

 

New:

Delibes                                    Czardas

Britten                  Soirés Musicales Op.9                       March

Still unlooked at are

Bizet                Entr’Acte (Les Dragons D’Arcala)                               1:48

Britten                  Soirés Musicales Op.9                                                                                                                                    Canzonetta                                                      3:03

Dropped out for Week 5:

Harvey                  Harry Potter                                                                                       6:00

Purcell                  Tune and Air                                                                                      4:40

Delibes                 Coppélia:  Prelude and Mazurka                                                6:41

Bizet                      Carmen:  Prelude and Toreadors                                              4:00

To do:

  1. Try to find time to have a look at the Czardas (pronounced char-dash) score for next week, plus the Britten ‘March’.                                                                                                            For your information:  Czardas is a traditional Hungarian folk dance popularised by Romani bands so often referred to as gypsy dance.  It has a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.  One of the best known is that of Vittorio Monti.  See the link below:

                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op7GsUAiRnM

  1. Mark the Czardas score as follows:

bar  1010    rall.

29       bar 1019     Più mosso  (more movement)

Note the presto at 1099   !!

Thanks for a good rehearsal last Saturday.  I’m not sure about you, but I enjoyed it.

 

Cheers!

Alpha

What happened at last year’s AGM?

The Orchestra held its 2017 Annual General Meeting on 9th December last year.

The minutes of that meeting will not be able to be ratified as a true record until the next AGM (December 15 this year), but draft minutes are now available for members who are interested in refreshing their recollection of what happened at that meeting.  Please contact David for a copy.

Week 4: Saturday, 24 February

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 4:               Saturday, 24 February

Time                      Composer           Title                                                                                       Duration of piece

9:30am                 Mancini                The Pink Panther                                                                             2:58

9:45am                 Bizet                      Carmen:  Prelude (Fate) and Toreadors                                 4:00

10:00am               Delibes                 Valse                                                                                                     2:21

10:15am               Britten                   Tirolese                                                                                              2:07

10:30am               Harvey                  Harry Potter                                                                                       6:00

10:45am                                                               Morning Tea

11:05am               Elgar                      Nimrod                                                                                                 4:25

11:20am               Handel                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture                                                          7:00

11:40am               Purcell                  Tune and Air                                                                                      4:40

11:45am               Gounod                Funeral March of a Marionette                                                  4:09

 

 

New:

Nothing new.  Still to be looked at are:

Delibes            Czardas                                                                       3:42

Bizet                Entr’Acte (Les Dragons D’Arcala)                       1:48

Britten             Soirés Musicales Op.9

March                                                             1:22

Canzonetta                                                    3:03

Dropped out for Week 4:

Delibes                                 Coppélia:  Prelude and Mazurka                                              6:41

Meyerbeer                         Coronation March                                                                           3:11

 

To do:

  • Scales: C major, C minor, Eb major
  • LISTEN!        Listen to recordings of the pieces we’re playing.  The more familiar you are with the music, the easier it will be to play and the result will be a better performance.  Everyone will have favourite recordings of each piece, but it’s a good idea to listen to more than one version.  Each conductor has a different interpretation and the different performances that result are always interesting.
  • Practise!

Have a good week!  Thanks for a lovely Week 3 rehearsal.

Cheers!

Alpha

Week 3: Saturday, 17 February

Brindabella Orchestra Rehearsal

Week 3:               Saturday, 17 February

Thank you for dedicated work last week!

After our discussion about what would best suit everyone at the next rehearsal, the following schedule is proffered:

Time                      Composer           Title                                                                                       Duration of piece

9:30am                 Elgar                      Nimrod                                                                                                 4:25

9:45am                 Delibes                 Coppélia:  Prelude and Mazurka (begin at bar 517)           6:41

10:05am                                               Valse                                                                                                     2:21

10:20am               Meyerbeer         Coronation March                                                                           3:11

10:35am               Britten            Tirolese                                                                                                    2:07

10:45am                                                               Morning Tea

11:05am               Handel                  Royal Fireworks:  Overture                                                          7:00

10:25am               Harvey                  Harry Potter                                                                                       6:00

11:45am               Mancini                 The Pink Panther                                                                             2:58

 

New:

Elgar                      Nimrod

Delibes                 Valse

Dropped out for Week 3:

Purcell                  Tune and Air                                                                                      4:40

Gounod                Funeral March of a Marionette                                                  4:09

Bizet                      Carmen:  Prelude and Toreadors                                              4:00

To do:

  • PRACTISE!!
  • Number the bars in all scores. Rosalie has kindly offered to send markings similar to the ones sent in my note of last week.  Please watch out for those.
  • Practise the following scales:

               C major

               C minor                harmonic and melodic.  For melodic minor raise the  6th and 7th      notes on the way up but lower them on the way down:

C  D  Eb F  G  A  B  C  Bb  Ab G  F  Eb D  C

             Eb major:             Eb  F  G  Ab  Bb  C  D  Eb    needed for Coronation March, Nimrod, etc.

Have a good week.

Cheers!

Alpha