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 what is your tour de force
Author: armadillo 
Date:   2007-09-07 12:19

Hi, this is my first post on this forum, but I've been lurking a lot anonymously and reading a lot of the threads - finally decided to join.

Well, what is everyone's favourite piece to play/what do you play best (I did a search and couldn't find a similar topic)

My current 'tour de force' is first movt. of Weber 2. Of course I want to expand this to encompass the whole concerto, the 3rd movt. is a work in progress, playing the last page to tempo (accurately!) will be the final challenge.

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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: Bob Phillips 
Date:   2007-09-07 16:37

I listen real good.

Bob Phillips

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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2007-09-08 11:46

I love playing a lyrical gorgeous work such as the Debussy Rhapsodie, but am equally comfortable playing a crazy work such as the Corigliano. If I had to choose though it would be the lyrical "bel canto" style playing that I'm best at.

Here's a couple of different styles (I'm Principal)






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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: leonardA 
Date:   2007-09-09 04:21

The clarinet part from Peter and the Wolf. I forget which animal it is, but I think it's Ivan the Cat.


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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: marcia 
Date:   2007-09-09 05:50

Yes 'tis the Cat. Didn't know he had a name!

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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: Iacuras 
Date:   2007-09-09 08:01

armadillo, what a coincidence. I'm the exact same. My tour de force is Mvmt 1 of Weber 2 and I am working on Mvmt 3 right now. I've got the first page memorized, but still need more work on everything else.

"If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon."
"If you can't learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly."

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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: armadillo 
Date:   2007-09-09 09:40

Yeah Icarus, I've got the 1st page of my Breitkopf edition memorized - the bravura first 4 bars where the clarinet starts...then, end of that page lol...

but also I've got that last page of movt 3 memorized, but somewhat by incidental means - been practicing it so much (hardest part for me) that I can't help but memorize it!

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 Re: what is your tour de force
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2007-09-09 12:57

Is "Tour de Force" a sufficiently broad term to include concert band music and solo performances by other ww and brass inst's ? If so, several of our concert playings of band-arranged classics. L'Arlesienne, Der Rosenkavalier [Waltzes], Light Cavalry, Cuban Overture etc etc, rank high with me. Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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