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Virtual Performance - fall 2020

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 September 14, 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 yet posted and not the same as the Mozart, so do not do recordings yet!)

USING SOUNDFILES EFFECTIVELY

(let me know if soundfiles don't work)

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STRINGS

The strings will be working with Oliver and Dorcas on Blue Tango, German Dances 1 & 2, and the 1st movement of Brandenburg 3.

BlueTango-Listening: Here is a lovely rendition of Blue Tango by the Optional String Quartet. It is your arrangement. This is not the soundfile you will use for the recording process - that is below.

BlueTango-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.

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German Dance, K.536 No.1 - Listening - This is the original version, played by the Vienna Mozart Ensemble - ours is also the original instrumentation, but a slower tempo.

German Dance, K.536 No.2 -Listening - This is the original version, played by the Vienna Mozart Ensemble - ours is also the original instrumentation, but a slower tempo.

GermanDance1-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.

GermanDance2-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.

WINDS: There are parts for some winds for the two German Dances - see the band section below.

 

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BAND

The band will be working with Diane and John on Military Escort, Ammerland, and Marching Song.

Military Escort Changes - If you haven't already, be sure these markings are in your music!
Military Escort simplifications for the fast tonguing.
Military Escort Score should you like to look at what else is happening other than your part!

Military Escort-Listening: Here is a listening version, adapted to include our changes.

MilitaryEscort-Recording Soundfile. 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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Ammerland: If you enjoy watching the score while listening, go to this link.

Ammerland-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.

Ammerland-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. You can't use any other, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video.

Score for Study

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Marching Song: 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 Marching Song, from which Holst made his band version.

Marching Song-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.

Marching Song-Recording: Our click-track version is not ready yet, but we will let you know when it is posted. (We likely will not do a virtual performance of this piece this session, but will work on it for January.)

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German Dance Winds: You may have noticed that the German Dances being done by the strings also need winds, and that there is a rehearsal on the schedule for the wind players playing German Dances.  We need flutes, oboes, bassoons and trumpets for German Dance No. 1 and flutes, oboes, bassoons and horns for German Dance No. 2.  There is a rehearsal for interested winds on Monday, September 21st.  See the String entry for links to some performances of the original works and for the Recording Soundfiles

 

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WOODWIND CHOIR

The woodwind choir will be working with Linda on Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond - Listening: (our version - computer generated)

LockLomond-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.

 

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SWING BAND

The swing band will be working with Diane on Mudbug Strut and later Havana.

Mudbug-Practice/Listening: This version has a count-off and measure numbers and is the tempo we will be using. No click-track. And here, you can 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: (Not yet posted) 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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Havana will come later in the session. 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.

Music for the Royal Fireworks - This link will take you to the full Fireworks performed with period instruments (replicas of what the instruments Handel wrote for). It include natural horns and trumpets and the plethora of oboes and bassoons and three sets of timpani. Wonderful recording from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Fireworks-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.

 

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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. 

Telemann-Listening: This one is at a faster tempo than we will take. It is still a compute generated file, so it lacks in musicality, but you get a sense of the piece.

Telemann-Recording: With click-track, count-off and rehearsal letters and at the tempo for 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.

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BRASS ENSEMBLE

 The brass ensemble will begin later in the session (Wednesday, October 28) and the music has not yet been determined. 

 

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SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE

The Saxophone Ensemble will begin later in the session (Wednesday, October 28) and the music has not yet been determined.

 

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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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