|Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,
We were quite pleased with your mental focus and playing level at rehearsal Monday night! Even more exciting, it was very obvious to both of us that many of you have started digging into our new repertoire at home. We noticed DEFINITE signs of individual effort following the reading rehearsal last week. Especially encouraging was how many of you reported listening to our music over the week! That is the biggest (and easiest!) thing you can do to get yourself started with learning this new music–to know how your part fits together, and where we are going with these new pieces.
We selected certain passages needing immediate attention in our rehearsal this week. We modeled slower practice strategies, and even some more specific ideas for your early stages of learning. For example:
- In Tchaikovsky at rehearsal B, in those fast string scales, Mr. E suggests eliminating the 32nd rest and doubling the first note for more accurate rhythms as a practice and rehearsal strategy.
- The winds have a number of chromatic surprises in this same passage that we identified as intonation errors.
- Winkle pointed out intonation tendencies for brass instruments using certain valve combinations, or tuning slides (trumpets and tubas).
These are super-important aspects of your playing to develop, both individually and in our work together. We won’t have the luxury of ‘practicing’ these passages together during rehearsal week after week.
Please don’t be overwhelmed by this music! We are breaking the challenges down into smaller chunks in rehearsal. If we work together, and if you also work on your own, solving the musical performance puzzle over the upcoming weeks, this will come together wonderfully. However, please do continue to set aside some of your practice time to do slower, careful work on those spots that need immediate attention. The sooner we get to that point, the more rich and rewarding your experiences will be in Met this winter!
Sectionals are scheduled for Nov. 29, just after Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure you have a pencil in your MYSO folder. We look forward to another step forward on the 15th!
Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italian
Shostakovich, Festive Overture
Amy Beach, Gaelic Symphony, mov. 4
Have a great week!
Mr. John Emanuelson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Jonathan Winkle (email@example.com)