[YCB clarinets] Summary of stuff we covered at the clarinet sectional last night

Anthony Hsu erwaman at gmail.com
Sun Oct 9 14:38:27 EDT 2011

  * Ticheli, Movement III
      o the eighth note licks at the beginning
      o eighth note lick at the end
  * Ticheli, Movement IV
      o Measure 68 - eighth note lick there
  * Roman Carnival
      o Rehearsal 2 to rehearsal 3 - accompaniment figure in 2nd and 3rd
        clarinets.  Exaggerate the hairpin decrescendo, be rhythmic and
        confident when playing
      o Tempo 1 (allegro vivace) - keep it light and short; keep shorter
        notes and dotted quarter notes and tied notes short - the dotted
        quarter note tied to a quarter note should be released on the
        quarter note; also, this section should be very quiet
      o 15 after rehearsal 6 - again, a soft, quite figure. Keep it soft
        so that the brass can build to fortissimo 7 before rehearsal 7
      o at the end, make sure you do a sfp crescendo two measures before
        the 2/4.
  * Rocky Point Holiday
      o work on those 16th note licks: e.g.: 2nd bar of rehearsal 6, 5th
        bar of rehearsal 25, 3rd bar of rehearsal 30
  * Children's March
      o at 53, focus on having a detached style.  Not as short as the
        allegro vivace section in Roman Carnival; Children's March at 53
        should have slightly longer notes, but it should still be
        detached, have separation between notes, still somewhat light
        and bouncy though
      o 133 - start soft at mp and build to the fortissimo at 141
  * Folk Song Suite, Movement 1
      o at the beginning, make sure you have a big dynamic and style
        change between first four bars and the 5th bar; again, very
        light and soft at 5
      o at the "to Coda" sign, where there's a trumpet/solo clarinet
        solo, play accompaniment softly, rhythmically, and with good tone
      o In the marcato 6/8 section in the middle of the movement, play
        softer and lighter, so you don't tire yourself out
  * Folk Song Suite, Movement 2
      o Mark these rehearsal letters in if you don't have them: bar 18 =
        rehearsal B, bar 31 = rehearsal C, the Poco Allegro is rehearsal
        D, 18 after D is E, Tempo Primo is F
      o Work on playing the section starting 2 before E as quietly as
  * Folk Song Suite, Movement 3
      o pickup to bar 9 has to be softer; we want oboe to be the
        predominant sound.  There should be a large dynamic contrast
        between this section and where it goes to fortissimo 12 bars later
      o the 3rd bar of the trio - has to be much softer!  play as
        quietly as you can, so that when it goes to 2/4, there's a large
        contrast with the fortissimo
  * In general
      o make sure you prep a good reed for the concert, one that you can
        play soft on and can tongue quickly and easily on
      o 2nd and 3rd clarinets need to play out more to balance the 1st
      o soft (piano) sections need to be much quieter
      o exaggerate the dynamics more, especially in places where there's
        a piano section followed by a forte/fortissimo section

Please find an hour or two this week to practice those licks and review 
some of the things we covered.  These couple hours of practice will help 
tremendously!  And *make sure you have a good reed* to play on for the 

See you on Tuesday.

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