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 […]
The March 26 rehearsal brought us to the end of the “read it down” phase. We attended to movements 4 and 5, the ones with a vocal element. #4 is the song movement, a setting of a text from Nietzsche’s “Also sprach Zarathustra” for mezzo-soprano. A movement of deep mystery, it’s the first use of […]