Haha, I know the oboe is so beautiful but reeds can make us sound awful so that's why it's so imperative that I learn to make my own, lol.
I really really wanna audition and win for a spot in the New York Phil or any orchestra like that. I'm not placing any bets on that though because you have to be hella good to win those spots (especially when they're paying principal oboists are $250,000/yr to play for them even though orchestras are dying :'().
But I will try and take as many auditions as possible and then one day I maybe won't have to work in Fast Food anymore. . . I'd rather work at Hollister, A&F, or AE
or something, but oh well. Maybe in college if I have time. . .
I just wanna play, and if I have to work a few jobs on the side to pay those bills, so be it, but I really wanna play in an orchestra. My favorite thing, my favorite music, nice tuxes, hott instruments, mouth-watering to me (I'm weird like that).
I'm so ready to play serious Beethoven and Mozart (Mahler too even though I'm not a fan), and Schumann, Schubert, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Tchaikovsky, and all those classical/Romantic/Baroque composers.
All the contemporary stuff we do now is irking me, and I wanna play it too, but not as much and it wouldn't be so bad if we played master works every now and then.
Here's the problem: My youth orchestra is decent. The strings are pretty intense and talented and the winds are pretty much the best we have around in this area (and some of them (flutes, clarinets, horns) are really not bad. . .but this is some of what I've played in the orchestra so far:
Bartok: Hungarian Pictures
Enesco: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1* (cool piece, but ehh. . .)
Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune*
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Rachmaninnoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 72** (we should have played THE WHOLE THING and not just a movement)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor* (actually decent)
Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D Major "Le Matin"* (more in Haydn's Baroque style but no woodwind runs!!!)
Mozart: Symphony No. 20 in D Major K.???* (cute, but def not a masterwork. . .why not no. 40 or nos. 38, 31, or 35?)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E Minor*
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor*
Rimsky-Korsakov: Danse des Bouffons from 'Snowmaiden'
Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
J. S. Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor (after an organ fugue)* (not the original form)
Corigliano: Elegy for Orchestra*
*pieces I actually liked, but feel so so towards them because they either 1) aren't the masterworks I really wanted to play, or 2) were a good composer, but not a masterwork and didn't have the woodwind parts I fantasize about
**my favorite piece in that orchestra
And my high school's orchestra is just full of string musicians who don't care and talk sooo much during rehearsal, a conductor who really cannot conduct, musically knowlegeable, but devotion is clearly not to orchestra as he is a jazz musician and teaches ROCK ENSEMBLE class. . .when did that start???? Advanced Chamber Music sounds better to me for a class, but state college pa is all jazz and rock, and we don't have the musicians for chamber) The Wind/brass/percussion in orchestra are all the band people who are not the "practice a million hours a day people who do so many etudes, serious private lessons, get good instruments, or care about creating beautiful classical music as they do about just hanging with their friends and are musicians JUST because their friends are and are not concerned with accuracy in playing or creating an unforgettable performance" (rather frustrating really, but maybe i'm too militant, and it seems to be the case). There are some really good ones in there, I won't lie, but the interest is in jazz which is okay even though I don't like jazz, but i don't know broaden the horizons and think like an orchestral player in ORCHESTRA!!!! lol However, the repertoire is amazing!!!!! (but it sounds horrible when we play it because it's not up to tempo, people don't understand that playing in band is DIFFERENT from playing in orchestra, and it's just not rehearsed, practiced, OR
conducted right, lol:
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 "Italian"
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, op. ?? "Reformation"
Glazounov: Ouverture Solennelle in D Major
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35
Mozart: Regina Coeli (with Master Singers Choir)
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major "London"
Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kije
Copland: Hoe Down from 'Rodeo'
Corigliano: Elegy for Orchestra
Now the works listed above are actually really good orchestral works!!!!!! But it doesn't really count because our orchesta in high school is just ahhh!!! It's like, why do I even bother tuning them because it's so futile. . .So if we played our high school stuff in youth orchestra, then I'd be kinda set. I was so fed up that I was like "I'm so auditioning for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra because I can't take this anymore (because those youth orchestras play everything!!!) Well, that was unrealistic seeing as they're both at least 3 and a half hours away from my house! Every weekend??? That would have been nice, but not realistic. So I was stuck here.
So, after hearing all of these awesome orchestral works on CD
's by these hott orchestras and what not, I naturally get really strong urges to want to play those pieces like that and ideally in those ensembles!!!! So yeah I'm a little too ambitious and impatient at wanting to play the good stuff so badly i'm not thinking logically about my career that more likely than not I won't get. . .but what if. . .?
I don't know. The Peabody orchestras are amazing and even though 1st years usually don't get in the orchestras there, at least I can go to the concerts (state college lacks a decent symphony orchestra professionally. The one here is okay, but I think I just love the stuff they play so much that my ears hear it differently). I do like to attend concerts as well. Great outings!
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