April 7 General review was the order of things today, touching on spots throughout the symphony. Some of it sounds good. Some of it ain’t there yet. OK, here’s the moment that always happens every year around this time. A rehearsal comes when there are more than just the little pockets of empty chairs, but […]
April 5 More sectional work, this time the woodwinds. As noted earlier, Mahler wrote for a large woodwind section, about the size that Wagner used for his Ring orchestra. Then writing for this large section is colorful and complex, and there are no secondary parts. Even the third and fourth wind parts have exposed moments—nobdy […]
April 2 We went right at the teeth of the hardest music in the symphony, the last three minutes of the 2nd movement, and the delicate passages in the third. Big and loud is always, always many times easier than soft and delicate. And when (as in the second movement) soft and delicate is comes with […]
Faculty members Anna Lim and Jessica Thompson took the 2nd violins and violas in sectional work. Slow, painstaking dissection, nit-picking—what I always think of as going-to-the-dentist rehearsals. Not the most fun, but necessary to get the details right.
We finished the first movement, alas with some holes—illness, thesis, exhaustion. But finish it we did, and even got about 2/3 of the way through the very tough, chamber music-like second. The challenge for the strings here is to get the right color—“What the Flowers in the Meadow Tell Me” being the title, it must […]