[YCB clarinets] Summary of Clarinet Sectional on Sunday

Anthony Hsu erwaman at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 03:28:55 EST 2012

Hey clarinets,

Here's a summary of what we went over in the clarinet sectional last 
Sunday.  Please find an hour some time this week to go over your parts 
outside of rehearsal.  Also, make sure you have a good reed for Friday!

  * Huck Hodge, mvmt. 4: this is the most rhythmical movement, and we
    want crisp, accurate sixteenth notes.  Make sure you're constantly
    counting sixteenth notes in your head.  For the sextuplets, break
    them up into 3s (da-ga-da, da-ga-da), and break the septuplets up
    into 3 and 4 (da-ga-da, da-ga-da-ga).
  * Star Wars
      o Mvmt. 1:
          + work on the section from 31 to 44, which includes a lot of
            hairpin dynamics.  Bring out the accents, and bring out the
            crescendoes in 37, 38, 40, 41, and 43.
      o Mvmt. 2:
          + at 19, when the flute solo starts, play very pianissimo, but
            2nd and 3rd clarinets should bring out their hairpin
            dynamics and their quarter and eighth notes
          + at 44, 2nds and 3rds should play the sixteenth notes as
            legato and flowing as possible
          + from 51 to 57, there's an accelerando followed by a
            rallentando - make sure you watch Duffy closely during this
            section and stay with him
      o Mvmt. 3:
          + at 12 and 24, the eighth notes should be similar in length
            (so more legato and less staccato)
          + can can sections - make sure you're comfortable with the
            accidentals (sharps and double sharps).
      o Mvmt. 4:
          + practice 19-27
          + bring out the hairpin dynamics at 28 and 30
          + 48-51 - very legato and piannissimo, play under the harp
          + work on the triplets in the last 4 measures of the pieces
            which segue right into the fifth movement
      o Mvmt. 5:
          + from 14-27, play with even, same-length notes and a constant
          + subdivide all the sextuplets, septuplets, octuplets, and
            nonnuplets in your head - 3 + 3, 3 + 4, 4 + 4, and 4 + 5.
          + from 48 to 56, do hairpin dynamics as follows: 2 bars
            crescendo, 2 bars descrescendo, etc.
          + 81 to 83: make sure you hit the accented downbeats even if
            you need to fake the other notes a little bit

See you at rehearsal today,

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