PMF 2018 Auditions

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Audition Repertoire

PMF 2019 audition information will be announced in November.

PMF 2018 Orchestra Academy Auditions

All audition candidates are responsible for obtaining audition repertoire from standard excerpt books, purchasable music, or orchestral scores.

Notes on the descriptions:

Orchestral excerpts are for 1st parts unless otherwise noted.
"rhl" refers to a rehearsal number or letter, "mm" to specific measure numbers.

Notes on auxiliary instruments:

Piccolo excerpts are required for flute auditions. For oboe and clarinet auditions, although not required, it is highly advisable to perform the excerpts for auxiliary instruments (English horn, E-flat clarinet, and bass clarinet). During the festival, auxiliary parts, including also those for contrabassoon, etc., are rotated as much as possible.

Notes on preparations of recording materials:

  • State your name at the beginning of the video recording, clearly and slowly. (This is used to write the names of successful applicants in phonetic Japanese, in programs, etc., so clear pronunciation is important.)
  • Repertoire should be recorded in the listed order, with no piano accompaniment.
  • Excerpt videos should be recorded in one time-sequence, with no interruptions or cuts between the excerpts.
  • Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  • Please upload either 1) one file with a single performance of the solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpts, or 2) two files - one with the solo piece(s) and one with the excerpts.
  • Aside from a single cut between the concerto video and excerpt video (if desired), videos should not be edited in any way.
  • The total length of the audition video(s) should be less than 20 minutes, including performances with auxiliary instruments.
  • The video should have been recorded in or after November, 2017.
  • File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV

STRINGS

Violin

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of a Mozart concerto
  • 1st movement exposition of a standard concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Mozart: Symphony No. 39; 2nd mvt., mm. 1-27, 4th mvt., mm. 1-41
  • Mendelssohn: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo, beginning-mm. 99
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt., mm. 118-155
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony; 2nd mvt., mm. 1-20, and Finale, beginning to one bar before the repeat (mm. 1-90)
  • R. Strauss: "Don Juan"; mm. 1-40

Viola

  • Concerto/solo

    1st movement exposition of the Bartók concerto or Hindemith Der Schwanendreher
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 1st mvt., mm. 41-71, 4th mvt., mm. 134-181
  • Mendelssohn: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 17-93
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 41-80
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; 1st mvt., mm. 19-62
  • R. Strauss: "Don Juan"; mm. 1-40 (including pizzicato)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 5th mvt., rhl. 269 to first bar of rhl. 274

Cello

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of a standard concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-18 and 140-213
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 2nd mvt., mm. 1-17
  • Mendelssohn: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 59-93
  • R. Strauss: "Ein Heldenleben"; mm. 1-24
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 2nd mvt., 1 bar after rhl. 92 to rhl. 93, top line, 6 bars after rhl. 101 to 5 bars after rhl. 102, 5th mvt., 3 bars after rhl. 233 to 4 bars before rhl. 234

Double Bass

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Bottesini Concerto No. 2, Koussevitzky Concerto, or Vanhal Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-18 and 140-213
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 4th mvt., 4 bars before rhl. L until rhl. M
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 4th mvt., mm. 1-37
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 2nd mvt., 2 bars after rhl. 74 until rhl. 78 // 3 bars before rhl. 110 to the end // 5th mvt., rhl. 253 to 5 bars after rhl. 256

WOODWINDS AND BRASS

Flute

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Mozart Concerto in G major, K. 313 or D major K. 314
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: "Leonore" Overture No. 3; mm. 328-360
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 97-105
  • Mendelssohn: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 338 till the end
  • Debussy: "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune"; beginning to mm. 1-4 and 11-30
  • Ravel: "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite No. 2; 3 bars after rhl. 176 to 2 bars after rhl. 179 (please play the E# in the upbeat)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 5th mvt., rhl. 224 to 226 (revised November 15)

Piccolo (required)

  • Rossini: "La Scala di Seta" Overture; mm. 201-216
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 3rd mvt., mm. 162-203

Oboe

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 314
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; 2nd mvt., mm. 8-56
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto; 2nd mvt., solo till mm. 32
  • Rossini: "La Scala di Seta" Overture; mm. 5-21 and 37-53
  • R. Strauss: "Don Juan"; mm. 235-268
  • Ravel: "Le Tombeau de Couperin"; mm. 1-14

English horn
(optional)

  • Berlioz: "Le Carnaval Romain" Overture; mm. 21-37
  • Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; 2nd mvt., solo
  • Respighi: "Pini di Roma"; 4th mvt., mm. 18-32

Clarinet

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Mozart Concerto in A major, K. 622
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; 1st mvt., mm. 474 (2 bars before rhl. K) to mm. 492, 2nd mvt., mm. 68-77
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma; 3rd mvt., mm. 3-19
  • Rossini: Semiramide Overture; mm. 178-187
  • Kodaly: Galanta Dances; mm. 31-65 and mm. 571-579
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-17
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 2nd mvt., pickup to rhl. 69 to 1 bar before rhl. 72

E flat Clarinet
(optional)

  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 2nd mvt., rhl. 49 to 4 bars after rhl. 50
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; 5th mvt., mm. 40-78
  • R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; rhl. 14 to 5 after rhl. 20

Bass Clarinet
(optional)

  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; rhl. 5 to 7 before rhl. 7, rhl. 48 to 49
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1; 1st mvt., mm. 9-13

Bassoon

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Mozart Concerto in B flat major, K. 191
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 15-25, 184-188, 300-302 and 348-355
  • Mozart: "The Marriage of Figaro" Overture; mm. 101-123, mm. 139-171
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: "Scheherazade" 2nd mvt., 5-26 and cadenza
  • Ravel: "Bolero"; mm. 41-57
  • Stravinsky: "Firebird Suite"; Berceuse Solo
  • Stravinsky: "The Rite of Spring"; mm. 1-13 and 4 bars from rhl. 12
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 2nd mvt., Solo to the end of the movement
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 2nd mvt., upbeat to rhl. 76 through 1 bar before rhl. 77, upbeat to rhl. 100 through 1 bar before rhl. 101

Horn

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 or No. 4
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; 1st mvt., mm. 86-110 (1st horn)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; 3rd mvt., trio, beginning through beat one of bar 31 (2nd low C) (2nd horn)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 3rd mvt., pickup to mm. 83 "Adagio" through first beat of mm. 100 (4th horn)
  • Ravel: Pavane; (1st horn introduction solo)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt., 3 after rhl. 17 to first bar of rhl. 20 (2nd horn)
  • R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; mm. 1-17 (1st horn)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 2nd mvt., pickup to rhl. 108 to rhl. 110 (1st horn)

Trumpet

  • Concerto

    1st movement exposition of the Haydn concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Mussorgsky: "Pictures at an Exhibition"; Promenade solo
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt., mm. 1-24, and 1 bar before rhl. 13 to rhl. 14
  • Stravinsky: "Petrouchka"; Ballerina's dance
  • Respighi: "Pini di Roma"; 2nd mvt., 8 after rhl. 10 to 10 before rhl. 11 (offstage solo)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 1st mvt., 3 bars before rhl. 5 to rhl. 5 and rhl. 37 to rhl. 38, 5th mvt, mm. 6-13

Trombone

  • Concerto

    1st movement of F. David: Concertino, Op. 4
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, mvt 1, rhl. Q to 2 bars before rhl. R
  • Mozart: "Requiem" Tuba mirum., solo
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3; 1st mvt., mm. 166-209
  • Ravel: "Bolero"; rhl. 10-rhl. 11
  • Rossini: "William Tell" Overture; mm. 92-131
  • Wagner: "The Ride of Valkyre" (both B minor and B major phrases)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 5th mvt., rhl. 295 to the end

Bass Trombone

  • Concerto

    Sachse: Concertino in F major (complete)
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Haydn: "The Creation"; No. 26., complete
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, mvt. 4, mm. 1-18
  • Kodaly: "Hary Janos" Suite; 4th mvt., 5 after 'Poco meno mosso' (rhl. 5) to 10 after rhl. 6
  • Wagner: Das Rheingold, last 15 bars (trombone IV)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 1st mvt., 6 bars after rhl. 42 until rhl. 44

Tuba

  • Concerto

    1st movement of Vaughan Williams Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    Berlioz: "Symphony Fantastique"; 5th mvt., mm. 127-147 and 480 to the end
  • Respighi: "Fontane di Roma"; rhl. 11-rhl. 16
  • Wagner: Prelude to "Die Meistersinger"; mm. 158-188
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 5th mvmt., rhl. 295 to the end

PERCUSSION

Note: Applicants must audition for both Timpani and Percussion.

Timpani

  • Orchestral excerpts

    Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 4th mvt., mm. 42-50
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 1st mvt., 18 bars before S to the end
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 1st mvt., 2 before rhl. T to U
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7; 5th mvt., mm. 1-15 (rhl. 223 to 2 before rhl. 225)

Percussion

  • Orchestral excerpts

  • Snare Drum

    Prokofiev: "Lieutenant Kije"; 1st mvt., mm. 6-37, 57-61 and 85-98
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No.10; 2nd mvt., rhl. 98 to the end
  • Xylophone

    Britten: "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"; Variation M
  • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite; 6th mvt.
  • Gershwin: "Porgy and Bess"; beginning
  • Glockenspiel

    Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier
  • Respighi: "Pini di Roma"; 1st mvt., 8 bars before rhl. 8 to the end of the mvt.

HARP

Harp

  • Solo

    Debussy: Danse Sacrée
  • Orchestral excerpts

    Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 5th mvt., mm. 96-112, mm. 344-356
  • Ravel: Tzigane, Violin & Orchestra rhl. 4 to cadenza, rhl. 12 to 14
  • Ravel: "Alborada del gracioso"; beginning to rhl. 9
  • Tchaikovsky: "Swan Lake"; cadenza
  • Britten: "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"; Variation I and Fugue, I to J
  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; entire harp I part (2nd mvt.)

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