weekly notes

Thank you all for your attendance at the last rehearsal. I am always grateful for your time, fellowship and musicianship. As mentioned, it is so impressive that the group performs over 30 works a year - quality music at a high level. 

Since rehearsal, some members have apologized for their cel phone use during rehearsals - all from people I had never seen use a cel phone! The consensus is it's time for us to turn off the phones for our overall good. Having tuners available on your stand is a good reference, but thank you for your help in weaning us from any use of a cel phone during our short time together.

Great job as always in a darkened auditorium. When I step back and realize how well the cicb plays in a dimly lit space I am always impressed. Short of a long term solution - my best advice is to bring a personal stand light. 

The last couple of weeks I've noticed a cessation of STAND WARS. More people willing to share stands which shows great community. We even had 3 flutes sharing one stand for part of rehearsal. Not ideal, but great team work! 

Here's a combined plan for rehearsal this week along with notes:

JOY - we will start at meas. 126 before working the full piece. This came along nicely last week. With practice and listening we should be able to give this a special performance. The goal tempo is 160. The 6/4 meters will be conducted as two sets of 3. Every note in this piece that is not slurred or tied needs to be separated. Dynamic contrast is a must. Have fun with this energized hoedown!

STAR WARS We will rehearse this from last movement to first. As time allows, listen to good recordings of The Forest Battle and Revenge of the Sith to hear how your part fits the ensemble. The Forest Battle should be at mm=160+ and very light hearted. Revenge of the Sith is half note=92 (in 3) and very industrial. On Across the Stars (mvt 2) the 12/8 will be conducted in 4 (dotted quarter note =one beat i.e. 8th note triplet = one beat), the 9/8 will be in 3. 

VARIATIONS ON A SHAKER Never loud, never noisy, somewhat transparent at times, this is a wonderful piece. Nice job soloists! Taking a closer look:

@ m. 1 - conducted in 2, quarter note = 72. The downbeat of this first measure is silent (my solo)

@ rehearsal square 3 - a trifle faster ca. quarter note = 80, still in 2. You are handling this key very well.

@ rehearsal square 9.3 (3rd measure) - the 'tempo' becomes twice as fast as the 'beat' remains the same, i.e. half note = 80 (1 beat per measure, half note = 1 beat). 

@ rehearsal square 10 and beyond, woodwinds, go for it! Go for the overall effect. 

@ rehearsal square 13 - a trifle slower to half note = 66, still in 2. 3rd clarinet part soli at measure 13.2 and 13.3

@ 1 measure before rehearsal square 15, add a fermata - all parts. 

@ rehearsal square 15, those of you that start with a half note (upper range) play this as a pick up on cue. If you start with a whole note (lower range), wait for the next downbeat in measure 15.2 - you come in after the upper range half note the measure before. The tempo here is half note = 66 but it's now in 2 - cut time. Very broad. Take a listen to a quality recording.

During the 'break' woodwinds will run Saterjenten's Sontag as most of this piece is flute soli accompanied by clarinets and double reeds. Use no cues (bracketed notes in this edition). 

Then it's on to the brass reading Coventry Carol, O Tannenbaum and Greesleeves from the octavo sized music.

Kelvin's time with First Suite

Emmanuel Variants - let's start with meas. 178 to the end before working the whole piece. The 5/8 measures will be in two with the downbeat shorter than the upbeat. 12-123 (or duple-tri/pah/let if you will). practice the opening (and all) fanfares at mm=120. This is a great showcase for the entire band.

If there is time we will run all or part of Christmas sing along.

Have a great weekend everyone. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. As always, let me know if you have questions or if I can be of further assistance.