This post begins a series on recital preparation that starts with picking your program, and ends with the performance.
As I mentioned in my post on "Priorities in Performance," I place a very high priority on audience enjoyment. This begins with deciding which pieces to play. During your student years, it's very important to cover many of the standards in the repertoire, and your teacher will help you pick your program. So, you have less freedom, and the audience might not get as much consideration in the process. Still, I think most performers want the audience to enjoy their playing, so this should factor into your decision-making.
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Welcome to my blog! Here I will share some of my thoughts on horn playing and teaching, which I think about a lot, and maybe some other things, too. Since my job (which thankfully, allows me to do a lot of playing and teaching) keeps me very busy, as does my wonderful family, I may not write frequently. My goal will be quality, not quantity!
Please share your comments.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This week I'm playing in the pit for WCU's production of the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate. I always enjoy working in the pit when I get a chance; it's different than what I do most of the time, and it presents new and interesting challenges. Plus, I get to play great music! In this case, I get to "get my big-band on," which is a style we horn players don't get to play very often.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Below is a list of 'pop' songs that have prominent horn parts. Along with each artist and title, I've included a link to YouTube where you can hear the song. The times in parentheses indicate where the prominent horn part begins. If there’s no time indicated, the horn plays at the very beginning and/or throughout the recording.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
When you're performing in front of people, your first responsibility is to the audience, then to the composer. So, if the composer wrote something that you can't play without diminishing the experience for the audience, then change it, leave it out, or something! (sorry, composers) Nobody likes to watch/hear someone struggling with their instrument. You have a responsibility to those people who have taken precious time out of their lives (which they'll NEVER get back) to come hear you play. No pressure...