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 College auditions
Author: Mae23 
Date:   2022-07-04 00:02

I’m going to be auditioning for college this next year and one of the requirements was to prepare 10 to 15 minutes of music. I was considering playing solo de concours by Messager but it is not long enough should I go ahead and play it and play a second solo too or should I forget that and find a longer solo? Solo recommendations are definitely welcome.

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 Re: College auditions
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2022-07-04 01:39

Audition officials are usually interested in hearing how a player copes with a variety of musical demands, such as long, slow phrasing, more rapid articulated rhythms, and emphatic recognition of returning phrases and developmental sections. The Hindemith Clarinet Sonata gives you an opportunity to demonstrate control of these musical elements. All four movements would last about 17 to 18 minutes, but just the first three would easily stretch to the required 15. Listen to Sharon Kam's recording; she jumps all the hoops gracefully and has a good hold on Hindemith's non-romantic, contrapuntal modernist style

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 Re: College auditions
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2022-07-04 05:59

Just a note on the Hindemith. I recall many many years ago that piece was used by one of the clarinet fest groups as a clarinet competition piece and it did NOT go well. Apparently it was really hard to distinguish amongst the competitors' technique/musical sensitivities. Just thought I'd share that memory as a warning to maybe stay away from that one. No one's ever had a problem with the 'standards' like the Webers or the Poulenc (and such more melodic offerings).

..............Paul Aviles

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 Re: College auditions
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2022-07-04 06:56

It all depends. If everyone is playing the Hindemith and they all play it in the romantic style of Weber or Schumann, they will all sound the same because they are all playing it in the same wrong way. If you play it in the matter of fact, cool contrapuntal stye that Hindemith wanted, and you are one of the few auditioners playing it, it should be fine. Listen to the way Kam plays it (on YouTube) and the older recording from 1981 by David Schifrin, also very good. If you can play it in that style with solid sound and technique, then it should work well.


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 Re: College auditions
Author: Matt74 
Date:   2022-07-05 03:06

"10 to 15" min is very vague. It's probably only a rough idea. To me it suggests:

A multi-movement concert piece.


Several contrasting pieces.

If you are not sure you can call the college/professor. Ask them for direction, and then make a decision based on what they say. If they don't want to say, and just point you back to the written requirements, feel free to interpret the requirements as best as you can.

You can also make a decision based on what you are most comfortable with - or what you like. I imagine that they will be happier with something "interesting" played very well, than with something "impressive" played no-so-well.

- Matthew Simington

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