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  1. Principaltrumpet

    Principaltrumpet Pianissimo User

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    So I will be auditioning for grad school in January. There are 6 standard excerpts on the audition list. Do I need to learn all of the excerpts on one instrument (i.e. "C") or do I need to learn them on the horn that it is standard to play them on?
    This is my first audition of this kind and I am clueless. Would the same answer apply to pro Orchestra auditions?
    JR
     
  2. TheRiddler

    TheRiddler Pianissimo User

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    Learn them on as many instruments as possible... I'd say this applies to most everything. I know in a few lessons with different folks I have been asked point blank to play excerpts on a different horn than I would chose to perform it on, and this isn't uncommon in some auditions either. Learn that Bartok on Bb AND C.... it challenges you to really know the music - not jus what buttons to mash down.
     
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  3. Principaltrumpet

    Principaltrumpet Pianissimo User

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    Sorry, I should be more specific. When I audition, do I bring multiple horns into the audition room with me, or play them all on the same horn?
    JR
     
  4. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Better take as many horn as possible. You never know what the auditions panel may require you to play on. Better bring an extra horn that you won't need than missing a horn than you could have taken and have to present excuses instead...
     
  5. bachstrad72

    bachstrad72 Pianissimo User

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    When taking auditions I try to learn the excerpts on as many horns as possible, but then take the audition on as FEW horns as possible. This way I am comfortable on the horn I am playing and I don't have to worry about getting another horn up to temperature or getting otherwise adjusted to another horn.
     
  6. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Playing the excerpts well should be your only concern.
    Wilmer
     
  7. R.A.S.

    R.A.S. Pianissimo User

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    I'd say do everything on C except:

    Bb trumpet: Ein Heldenleben, Carmen, Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1, American in Paris & Concerto in F (Gershwin)

    D trumpet: Pulcinella, Ravel Piano Concerto, Christmas Oratorio, Messiah, etc.

    Eb trumpet: Petrushka Ballerina's Dance, finale of Bartok Concerto for Orch., Haydn & Hummel concertos

    Piccolo trumpet: Rite of Spring, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, Brandenburg

    Assuming that they've given you a list, take as few horns as possible. Fewer horns to keep warmed up, valves working, etc.

    Hope this helps, and best wishes!

    Ray
     
  8. MrClean

    MrClean Piano User

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    I'm with Wilmer on this one. Don't over-think, just play.
     

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