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New York String Orchestra Seminar

Audition Repertoire

  • Strings, Winds, and Brass Audition Repertoire

    Please prepare the following music for your live audition. Live auditions are approximately eight minutes long and are unaccompanied.

    Prepare seriously for your audition. As this is an orchestral program, the deciding factor between two players of equal merit is often the level of preparation of the repertoire excerpts, which should be as meticulous as the preparation of the applicant's chosen solo works.

    We strongly recommend that you become familiar with the complete instrumental part for each work from which excerpts have been assigned. In some cases, the music is in the public domain, but if not, it is worth a visit to the library or the expense of purchasing a part in order to be well prepared.

    Your private teacher is a valuable resource. Be sure to ask for his or her assistance as you prepare.

    PLEASE NOTE: A complete list of repertoire excerpts and downloads will be available in mid-August thanks to the generous cooperation of Luck's Music Library and G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers.

    Flute

    (prepare Flute I unless otherwise indicated)

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: m. 37-127, 498-end
    • Movement 2: m. 55-105
    • Movement 3: m. 8-85
    • Movement 4: m. final three bars
    • Movement 5: m. 211-237

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 1: m. 10-allegro, 9 before G-end of movement
    • Movement 2: 5 before Letter B-2 before Letter D
    • Movement 4: Letter A -3 bars after Letter D

    Oboe

    (prepare Oboe I unless otherwise indicated)

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting solo work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement I: Rehearsal No. 6 - 7, Rehearsal No. 9 - 11, Rehearsal No. 17 - end
    • Movement 2: Open through one bar after Rehearsal No. 1
    • Movement 3: Rehearsal No. 6 - one bar after No. 8; Rehearsal No. 12 - 14

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: m. 28-53, m. 195-212, m. 362-372
    • Movement 2: m. 57-67, m. 113-117, m. 130-132
    • Movement 3: m. 40-48, m. 91-122

    Mozart: Oboe Concerto

    • Movement 1: no excerpts
    • Movement 2: m. 2-4, m. 87-90
    • Movement 3: m. 136-152

    Mozart: Overture to the Impresario

      • 7 bars before Rehearsal Letter D - end

    Clarinet

    (prepare Clarinet I unless otherwise indicated)

    Mozart Clarinet Concerto - exposition of both movement 1 and movement 2

    A contrasting solo work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 1: Fig. 2-3, Fig. 4-5, Fig. 10-12, Fig. 14-15, Fig. 16-17, solo after Fig. 18 to end
    • Movement 3: Fig. 6-8, Fig. 11-12, Fig. 12-14

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: m. 474-492
    • Movement 2: m. 68-77
    • Movement 3: m. 114-133

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (please prepare BOTH Clarinet 1 and Clarinet 2)

    • Trio Section of the Menuet and Trio movement

    Bassoon

    (prepare Bassoon I unless otherwise indicated)

    Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K. 191, Movement 1, exposition

    A contrasting solo work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy solo work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 3: 69-74, 90-101, 113-119, 144-147

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: m. 85-127, 187-196, 233-247, 426-441, 476-end
    • Movement 2: Opening to 18, 32-39, 42-54, 80-end
    • Movement 5: m. 80-99, 206-211

    Mozart: Overture to The Impresario

    • opening - 9 after Letter B, 8 before Letter D - D downbeat, 17 after Letter E - end

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 2: 8 after Letter A - C downbeat, 4 after Letter E - end
    • Movement 4: Letter A - repeat

    Horn

    Mozart: Choose either the Horn Concerto No. 2 or Horn Concerto No. 4 and prepare the exposition from both Movement 1 and Movement 2
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening calls
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, opening
    Wagner: Siegfried, short call
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, slow movement solo

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 1: beginning - 6 after Rehearsal No. 1
    • Movement 2: Rehearsal No. 2 play for 6 bars; Rehearsal No. 8 - end of passage
    • Movement 3: 5 measures after Rehearsal No. 14 - end of passage

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 3: m. 132 - 161
    • Movement 5: m. 5 - 9

    Trumpet

    A solo work of your choice

    Haydn: Trumpet Concerto, complete

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 3 (Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute): m. 197-204

    Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening

    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina solo

    Respighi: Pines of Rome, off-stage solo

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 2: 5 bars before Rehearsal No. 7 - 3rd bar of No. 7, Rehearsal No. 11 to No. 12
    • Movement 3: Rehearsal No. 14 - sixth bar of No. 15

    Violin

    (prepare Violin I)

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 1: Rehearsal No. 3 - until Rehearsal No. 4, Rehearsal No. 11 - Rehearsal No. 12
    • Movement 3: Rehearsal No. 8 - 9

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: beginning - double bar (bar 138)
    • Movement 2: beginning - Letter A (bar 18); bar 27 - 48
    • Movement 3: beginning - bar 122; bar 369 - bar 468 (end) [depending on how the repeat is taken in your edition this may appear as 165 - end]
    • Movement 4: Letter C (bar 21) - bar 62; Letter E (bar 78) - bar 107
    • Movement 5: bar 9 - Letter I (bar 64); bar 106 - 125

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 1: bar 26 - double bar (bar 142)
    • Movement 2: beginning - bar 27; bar 43 - 54
    • Movement 4: beginning - double bar (bar 104)

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade

    • Movement 1: Letter D (bar 91) - Letter H (bar 156); Letter K (bar 210) - bar 275
    • Movement 2: beginning - Letter C (bar 73); bar 181 - end

    Viola

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 3: Rehearsal No. 8 - 9

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: bar 33 - Letter A (bar 53); bar 67 - double bar (138); Letter D (bar 151) - bar 180; Letter F (bar 263) - bar 282; bar 346 - bar 402
    • Movement 2: beginning - Letter A (bar 18); Letter D (bar 69) - Letter F (bar 90)
    • Movement 3: beginning - Letter A (bar 83); bar 181 - bar 204
    • Movement 4: Letter C (bar 21) - Letter D (bar 41)
    • Movement 5: bar 25 - bar 56; bar 75 - bar 99

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 1: bar 14 - 21; bar 29 - 98
    • Movement 2: bar 40 - 60; bar 110 - 120
    • Movement 4: bar 9 - 24; bar 79 -107; bar 123 - 137

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade

    • Movement 1: Letter D (bar 91) - bar 118; bar 217 - bar 237
    • Movement 2: bar 114 - bar 134
    • Movement 3: bar 31 - Letter A (bar 43); pick-up to bar 66 - bar 78

    Cello

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)

    Barber: Violin Concerto

    • Movement 2: Rehearsal No. 1 until 8 bars after Rehearsal No. 1
    • Movement 3: Rehearsal No. 8 - 9

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 1: bar 66 - Letter B (bar 93); bar 111 - bar 135; Letter D (bar 151) - bar 181
    • Movement 2: beginning - Letter A (bar 18); bar 34 - 40; bar 58 - 65
    • Movement 3: beginning - bar 75
    • Movement 4: Letter C (bar 21) - bar 43
    • Movement 5: bar 25 - 56

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 1: bar 13 - 21; bar 40 - 61; bar 87 - 106; bar 145 - 179
    • Movement 2: bar 9 - 21; bar 40 - 50; bar 110 - 120
    • Movement 4: bar 62 - 107; bar 115 - 137

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade

    • Movement 1: Letter B (bar 53) - bar 70; Letter G (bar 138) - bar 148; bar 172 - bar 189; Letter N (bar 257) - bar 265
    • Movement 3: bar 31 - 62

    Bass

    A Bach work of your choice

    A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

    • Movement 3: Scherzo m. 187-203
    • Movement 5: Letter O - 237 downbeat

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39

    • Movement 1: m. 13 to 4 before allegro, Letter A - Letter C
    • Movement 2: 5th line down (piano slurs) m. 40 - the 5th bar of Letter A
    • Movement 4: 1st double bar - Letter C


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