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Virtual Performance - fall 2020 & winter/spring 2021

Look here when you need to find out info about one (all!) of the pieces you are planning on playing with us in our virtual season. Some info isn't here yet, but we will catch up by the time you need it (we hope!). Email if you have questions.

LINKS TO INFORMATION

Updated November 28, 2020

STRINGS
BAND
WOODWIND CHOIR
SWING BAND
FIREWORKS
FLUTE/CLARINET ENSEMBLE
SAX ENSEMBLE
BRASS ENSEMBLE
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

SCHEDULE for REHEARSALS AND VIDEOS DUE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING YOUR RECORDING
(Not the same as the Mozart, so be sure to look it over!!)

USING SOUNDFILES EFFECTIVELY

(let me know if soundfiles don't work)

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STRINGS

DO NOT RECORD WHILE LISTENING TO THE SOUNDFILE FROM THE INTERNET
AS IT OFTEN CREATES UNEVEN TEMPOS.

The strings will be working with Oliver and Dorcas on Blue Tango(done!); German Dances 1 & 2 (done!); the 1st movement of Brandenburg 3; and Many Miles. Brandenburg and Many Miles to be finished up in the January session sometime.

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ManyMiles-Recording - What a lovely, peaceful piece... This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

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Brandenburg3-1-Recording - this recording is at mm=112. This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

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BAND

DO NOT RECORD WHILE LISTENING TO THE SOUNDFILE FROM THE INTERNET
AS IT OFTEN CREATES UNEVEN TEMPOS.

The band will be working with Diane and John on Military Escort (Done!), Ammerland, Marching Song and TBA...

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Amrlnd: If you enjoy watching the score while listening, go to this link.

Amrlnd-Listening: This one includes a count-off, but is not to be used for recording. It is real people playing real instruments, though, and gives you a more musical interpretation.

Amrlnd-Recording: This version is computer generated and you can hear some of the parts better than the listening version with real people playing (not all parts were included in the demo). This is the soundfile you MUST use for recording for our Virtual Performance (or the conducted version below). You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

Amrlnd-Conducted-Recording: For your recording, you may use this video with John conducting; it contains the same soundfile as the one above, but adds the video of John's conducting (something happened to his voice at the beginning, though!). I recommend that you put the video on your computer and record to your phone or iPad (they tend to have better microphones)

Score for Study

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MrchngSong: This is the original band version, played by the North Texas Wind Symphony. And here is the original orchestral version, Two Songs Without Words: Country Song and MrchngSong, from which Holst made his band version.

MrchngSong-Listening: This is our version and has a count-off, so you can pratice with it, but it is not for recording. And here you can listen and watch the score of our version.

MrchngSong-Recording: This is the soundfile you MUST use for recording for our Virtual Performance (or the conducted version below). You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video. (We likely will not do a virtual performance of this piece this session, but will work on it for January.)

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DO NOT RECORD WHILE LISTENING TO THE SOUNDFILE FROM THE INTERNET
AS IT OFTEN CREATES UNEVEN TEMPOS.

Bulldozer: (ah, nothing like a quiet, sleeping bull!) This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

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Kelligrews-with countoff: A bit of fun from the country north of us! The town of Kelligrew is on the east shore of Newfoundland, not too far across the penisula from the capital, St. Johns. This is all about a big celebration that happens there each year. (this soundfile is temporary and NOT the one we will record to, although it has a count-off so you can practice.)

Tricky rhythms in this piece! Practice speaking the patterns on this rhythm sheet.

Score for study to see how your part fits with others.

 

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WOODWIND CHOIR

DO NOT RECORD WHILE LISTENING TO THE SOUNDFILE FROM THE INTERNET
AS IT OFTEN CREATES UNEVEN TEMPOS.

The woodwind choir will be working with Linda on Loch Lomond (done!) and Ripples (to be finished in January session sometime). Coming in January, Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite!

Ripples-Recording: The other piece we will be working on this session (but most likely recorded in January) is this lovely pentatonic based piece! Find the peace in the piece...

 

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SWING BAND

The swing band will be working with Diane on Mudbug Strut and later Havana (to be finished in January session).

BANDLAB: Two helpful documents for getting started in BandLab (If you are not a "member" of our "BandLab Band", you need to email Diane for an invite the join "the band")

Listen and watch the score, but this is at a faster tempo than we will be taking it. The link takes you to the JWPepper site; look down under the word, "preview" and click on the tiny score icon (not the speaker) and it will take you to the score and recording - click on the right arrow at the end of each page.

Mudbug-Recording: This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video. Or, the other option is recording your part in BandLab. Email Diane if you are interested in doing that.

Choreography for Mudbg recording

Solo videos

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DO NOT RECORD WHILE LISTENING TO THE SOUNDFILE FROM THE INTERNET
AS IT OFTEN CREATES UNEVEN TEMPOS.

Havana-Recording: This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video. Or, the other option is recording your part in BandLab. Email Diane if you are interested in doing that.

Click here to watch the score and listen to the music.

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FIREWORKS ENSEMBLE

The ensemble for Fireworks Overture will be working with Linda and Dorcas on Handel's Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks. (DONE!)

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FLUTE AND CLARINET ENSEMBLE

The flute/clarinet ensemble will be working with John on a quartet arrangement of Allegro from one of the flute concertos by Telemann.  (DONE!)

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BRASS ENSEMBLE

 The brass ensemble will begin later in the session (Wednesday, October 28) working on Simple Gifts with Linda. 

Simple Gifts-Recording: An wonderful Shaker Hymn and if we look for our own simple gifts in this time, we will be more content... This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

 

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SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE

The Saxophone Ensemble will begin later in the session (Wednesday, October 28) working on Sentimental Journey with John.

SentimentalJourney-Recording - A classic jazz tune. 10 years from now, will we be sentimental about the journey through 2020? This is the soundfile you must use for recording for our Virtual Performance. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

 

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PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Percussion Ensemble: Dan will give you information on this and the percussionists will decide if you are just working on the music or want to do an ensemble as well.

 

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HINTS FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF SOUNDFILES IN YOUR PRACTICE

There are several really good reasons for listening to the soundfiles of music you are playing:

  1. *To get a sense of how the music sounds, its style, its phrasing, its harmonies (Most important reason!)
  2. Following your music while listening to the soundfile (not playing) helps you learn how your part fits with the whole and helps you learn to keep your place
  3. Playing along with the music gives you more opportunities to "practice with the group" than you can get just in rehearsals. You will not be able to determine when to play the very first beat, so come in on the next measure.
  4. If it goes by too quickly, see the next bullet
  5. Purchase the software, Amazing Slow Downer (from http://ronimusic.com/) and you can practice with the soundfile slowed down to where you can play along. (Soundfiles must be on the same device where the Slow Downer resides; you can not use YouTube or soundfiles that are streamed from the web). For those of you cautious about what you download, this software site is safe according to Norton)
  6. You can also slow down YouTube by clicking the gear and adjusting the percentage. You don't have the minute control of the speed, but it is better than nothing!

If you are new to working with soundfiles, DO NOT try to play along right away. Your first task is to listen several times while just following along in your own music (not playing), perhaps even using your finger to keep your place in the music. See if you can stay with the music, whether or not you can hear your own part (sometimes it doesn't sound like your instrument because you are playing the same thing as some other instrument and your part adds to the overall, but isn't itself distinguishable). Watch for things like holds or sudden loud spots or a change from legato to staccato to see if you can hear those as you listen. Until you can reliably follow along & keep your place in your music while listening and looking at your part, you will never be able to successfully play along. Be sure to do the listening first or it is just frustrating! Once you get good at that, try listening and speaking your rhythms. Once you can do that, then try playing with it, although you may find that it is too fast for you to keep up. (See bullet #5 above)

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