Audition

PUO Audition Excerpts Information 2016

Here are locations on YouTube recordings of all the excerpts. Listen to the performances and use them as reference in your practice. All the tempos are reasonable.

What I am listening for:

  • That you can play the part technically.
  • That you know the correct tempo.
  • That you are have made some meaningful connection to the music, and have a feel for the style. Just playing the notes is not enough.
  • That you are observing the details. Dynamics, rhythm. Re: the German terms in the Mahler—you can Google them to get the translation. Find it, and think about what it means.

Some of the excerpts are quite technical and will require some serious practice. Others are more simple and lyrical, more about tone. Both are of equal importance!

In addition to the listed excerpts, your audition will also include a prepared piece of your choice, around 5 minutes long, which shows some contrast (fast & technical / slow & lyrical)

You can download PDF files of the audition excerpts here. (Note: the file preview might be slow to load past the first page, but when you click the button to download or print you should get all the pages. If you’re worried, just check that the PDF includes the excerpts listed below)

Reference recordings:

Mahler- Dudamel and Simon Bolivar Orchestra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F5G9JngqZY

Firebird Suite- Temerikanov and Royal Philharmonic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGnsqTDY9Tw

Romeo and Juliet- Salonen and BBC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FIWP3r0KLM

Hindemith- Szell and Cleveland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEsvnHrlp4c (10’23”)

Rimsky Korsakov- Gergiev and Vienna Philharmonic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNymNaTr-Y (34’53”)

Gershwin- Mata and Dallas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMMo3M0CD6Q (5’10”)

 

Violin

Mahler 5

mvt.1 – p. 3, first 6 lines plus downbeat (6’28)
mvt 4 – p. 19, 1st five lines of movement (48’22”)

Viola

Mahler 5, mvt. 3 p. 15, line 5 to end of page (46’44”)

Romeo and Juliet,  p. 10,11 last 3 lines p 10, 1st line p 11 + downbeat (beginning)

Cello

Mahler 5

mvt. 2 – p. 5 #7-#9 (16’14”)
mvt. 3 – p. 13 #15-#17 (40’18”)

Bass

Mahler 5

mvt. 2 – p. 5 opening to #3 (13’30”)
mvt. 2 – p. 8 line 6, from double bar to # 27 (24’55”)

Flute

Firebird

p. 1 #9, entire next page (4’12”)
p.3 (Ronde) (5’30”)

Oboe

Firebird

p. 1 #10 to end of page (4’12”)
p. 2 top to #11

Mahler 5,    mvt. 2 – p. 8 #30 to end of movement (27’06”)

Clarinet

Firebird

p. 1 #9 to double bar (4’12”)
Ronde- all (5’30”)

Bassoon

Firebird

Ronde- all (5’30”)
Berceuse- solo (15’30”)

Mahler 5,     mvt. 3 – p. 12 #15-#17; #20-#23 (40’18”)

Horn

Mahler 5

mvt. 1  – p. 2 6 before #9 to #10 (6’20”)
mvt. 3 – p. 11    #31 to end (46’44”)

Firebird, Finale opening solo (19’20”)

Trumpet

Mahler 5

mvt. 3 – p. 6 #7 two lines (33’10”)
mvt. 1  – p. 1 #7-#8 (5’42”)

Firebird

p. 2 all (10’39”)

Trombone

Mahler 5, mvt. 1 – p. 3 #17-#18 (11’32”)

Firebird, Katschei opening to #14 (10’39”)

Tuba

Mahler 5, mvt. 3 – p. 8 all (40’30”)

Harp

Mahler 5, mvt. 4 – First 2 pages (48’22”)

Percussion

These are from the recent National Youth Orchestra audition page.