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Post by ttf_LeoInFL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:54 am

At this past Sunday's rehearsal our director announced another piece for our upcoming Spring concert season. We're playing Bolero! He had already said we're also performing Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony No.9 (the entire thing) and then another movie-themed concert later in the season.

I hoping to play the solo part at least once during the performance, with our principal's permission of course.
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Post by ttf_BGuttman » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:04 am

I hope you mean during a rehearsal -- I doubt the lead player would cede this during the performance unless he finds it a little beyond his comfort zone.

I had a similar experience where we were rehearsing the Mahler 1st symphony.  Our regular tuba player wasn't at rehearsal and I filled in.  Got to play the "Frere Jacques" solo in the 2nd movement.  What fun!
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Post by ttf_Stewbones43 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:29 am

We did this, (and the last 2 movements of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique,) with the rehearsal orchestra I conduct.

The easiest part in the whole orchestra is the conductor's! All you have to do is make sure you know where the end is!

You might get chance to play the main theme on the reprise near the end.

Cheers

Stewbones
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Post by ttf_BGuttman » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:33 am

I just pity those two snare drummers who have to play the same bar for 15 minutes. Image

Note: the piece runs around q=60 and it's 3 beats to the measure so you play 20 measures per minute or 300 measures in the piece.  Not only that, but you have to match the other guy as well.
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Post by ttf_Stan » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:39 am

Quote from: BGuttman on Oct 18, 2017, 09:33AMI just pity those two snare drummers who have to play the same bar for 15 minutes. Image

It's been my experience that they've got the hardest job:  Playing THAT for 15 minutes, on a snare drum, and keeping the tempo steady.  That's beyond some snare drummers....
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Post by ttf_MikeBMiller » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:30 pm

Bolero manages to combine one of the hardest 1st bone parts around with the easiest and most boring 2nd bone part. My advice is to let all the air out of your principal player's tires on the night of the show so you can play the solo.
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Post by ttf_hyperbolica » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:33 pm

Quote from: MikeBMiller on Oct 18, 2017, 12:30PMBolero manages to combine one of the hardest 1st bone parts around with the easiest and most boring 2nd bone part. My advice is to let all the air out of your principal player's tires on the night of the show so you can play the solo.
It's more than just a solo, isn't it? You have to play that part in ensemble as well, so you wind up playing it at least 3X, I thought. As well as the cool trombonified ending.;o)
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Post by ttf_LeoInFL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:17 pm

We have 4 (me included) on first book. I sit next to our principal Steve Satone and he's been really generous with solos this season. He has a "been there, done that" approach and he's heard me play the Bolero before and after rehearsals in the past. I think I would request the second or third time through the passage instead of the actual solo. My real concern would be matching the tone/phrasing/style that Steve uses when he plays it as a solo the first time.
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Post by ttf_MikeBMiller » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:45 pm

Is this an orchestra or a drum corps? 4 first bones? Wow. I would love to hear you guys play 1812.
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Post by ttf_LeoInFL » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:05 pm

CFC Arts is a community orchestra in Orlando. 160+ members. 4 bones on 1st, 4 on 2nd, 2 bones & 3 euphs on 3rd. I think there are 12 trumpets, 20 flutes, 20 clarinets, 5 oboes, dozens of strings, etc. Even with all the bones in the section, it can be a struggle balancing all that 'treble-ness'.


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Post by ttf_Steven » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:49 am

Quote from: Stan on Oct 18, 2017, 09:39AMIt's been my experience that they've got the hardest job:  Playing THAT for 15 minutes, on a snare drum, and keeping the tempo steady.  That's beyond some snare drummers....

and starting so very quiet, basically doing a piece-long crescendo.  Often for "Bolero", the snare drummer is moved from their usual comfortable position in the back row to somewhere very visible.  It is a strange feature.
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Post by ttf_MikeBMiller » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:39 am

And old guys like me can't hear Bolero without thinking about Bo Derek running down the beach.
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Post by ttf_Steven » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:46 am

Quote from: LeoInFL on Oct 18, 2017, 06:05PMCFC Arts is a community orchestra in Orlando. 160+ members. 4 bones on 1st, 4 on 2nd, 2 bones & 3 euphs on 3rd. I think there are 12 trumpets, 20 flutes, 20 clarinets, 5 oboes, dozens of strings, etc. Even with all the bones in the section, it can be a struggle balancing all that 'treble-ness'.

Where in the world do you guys practice and perform? 
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Post by ttf_Steven » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:50 am

Quote from: MikeBMiller on Oct 19, 2017, 11:39AMAnd old guys like me can't hear Bolero without thinking about Bo Derek running down the beach.

or Torvill and Dean...
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Post by ttf_LeoInFL » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:32 pm

Quote from: Steven on Oct 20, 2017, 07:46AMWhere in the world do you guys practice and perform? 

We practice in a carpeted gym on the campus of Calvary Assembly (megachurch). We perform on Calvary's giant auditorium/stage. When we're asked to accompany the 350-voice choir (same music organization) or occasionally play for the ballet downtown, a smaller select orchestra of about 50 is chosen. With the smaller groups, only 3 bones play. I've been fortunate to play on every performance (large and small) since I joined the group 2 years ago.
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Post by ttf_Rockymountaintrombone » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:00 pm

Just finished doing a weird Bolero arrangement this weekend on a Pops concert - shortened quite a bit, and the trombone solo was harmonized and accompanied by the rest of the section. Kind of fun for a change - misery loves company!

The arrangement still had all of the repetitions on the solo, and the ending up to high "D's" - tough blow at the end of a Pops Concert! I broke in my new .525 bore Edwards that I've put together from used parts online - great horn for a concert that has a combination of commercial and classical repertoire.

Enjoy your chance to play Bolero!

Jim Scott
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Post by ttf_BGuttman » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:36 am

Well, at least that's better than the arrangement I have for small orchestra where the trombone solo was eliminated Image
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Post by ttf_Steven » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:55 am

Quote from: BGuttman on Oct 22, 2017, 05:36AMWell, at least that's better than the arrangement I have for small orchestra where the trombone solo was eliminated Image

I remember playing a wind ensemble arrangement, where the trombone solo went somewhere else.  We mostly played the pizzicatos.  Fun stuff...  I think the key was changed too.  We did keep the elephant calls at the end.
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Post by ttf_harrison.t.reed » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:12 am

We just tested an arrangement of "do you hear what I hear? " in prep for December that quotes bolero. That one went into the shredder immediately.
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Post by ttf_djdekok » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:28 pm

Playing Bolero on Saturday on a program with Scheherazade and Polvetzian Dances. Image

St. Cecilia, pray for us!

Here's a link: https://sites.google.com/site/warminste ... estra/home
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Bolero!

Post by ttf_djdekok » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:28 pm

Playing Bolero on Saturday on a program with Scheherazade and Polvetzian Dances. Image

St. Cecilia, pray for us!

Here's a link: https://sites.google.com/site/warminste ... estra/home
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