Outside the Music Tent
I also had the chance to listen to the first rehearsal of the AFO this morning. The will be performing on Sunday with Vladimir Feltsman and Markus Werba. Strauss' Don Quixote is full of energy and with incredibly sporadic. Werba will be singing Mahler's Song of a Wayfarer, and will be doing an incredible job. This morning his rhythm and sound were impeccable. I am looking forward to hearing the entire program on Sunday.
Warren Deck's first low brass class met yesterday afternoon. As always Mr. Deck was enthusiastic and very involved with teaching. The first section prepared Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and began sounding amazing.
Major topics included:
Feeling strong beats to propel time and motion
Separating articulation from dynamics
Function within the section and orchestra
Some of the best moments however came when Mr. Deck was talking about listening and musical thoughts. He uses mnemonics to remember how each piece and section goes, however he does not use verbal phrases. Instead he uses musical ideas, these can suggest time, style, dynamic, actually any number of ideas with just a few beats of music in your head.
I am looking forward to Low Brass Class this summer, some of the topics will include:
Shosti 7 (courtesy of George Curran)
Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
and many many more.