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PMF 2017 Orchestra Academy Auditions

All audition candidates are responsible for obtaining audition repertoire from standard excerpt books, purchasable music and 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 intstruments:

Piccolo excerpts are required for flute auditions. Although not required, it is highly advisable for oboists and clarinetists to perform the excerpts for auxiliary instruments (English horn, E-flat clarinet, and bass clarinet). Auxiliary parts, including also those for contrabassoon, etc., are rotated during the festival.

Notes on preparations for Recording materials:

  • Repertoire should be recorded in the listed order. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  • The recording should be done without piano accompaniment.
  • Clearly state your name at the beginning of the recordings. Expositions of concertos and/or solo pieces are required and the recording should be done in one time-sequence without interruptions between the excerpts, and should not be edited.
  • The total length of the recording should be within 20 minutes.
  • The recording should have been made in or after November, 2016.
  • File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV

STRINGS

Violin

  • Concerto/solo

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

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

Viola

  • Concerto/solo

    1st movement of B. Bartók or Hindemith Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 41-80
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 17-93
  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 1st mvt., mm. 41-71, 4th mvt., mm. 134-181
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; 1st mvt., mm. 19-62
  • R. Strauss: "Don Juan"; mm. 1-40

Cello

  • Concerto/solo

    1st movement of a standard concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-18 and 140-213
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 59-93
  • J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 2nd mvt., mm. 1-17
  • R. Strauss: "Ein Heldenleben"; mm. 1-24

Double Bass

  • Concerto/solo

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

    L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-18 and 140-213
  • J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 4th mvt., 4 bars before rhl. L until rhl. M
  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 4th mvt., mm. 1-37
  • G. Mahler: Symphony No. 1; 3rd mvt., mm. 3-10
  • R. Strauss: "Ein Heldenleben"; rhl. 40-41 and 77-78

WOODWINDS AND BRASS

Flute

  • Concerto

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

    L. van Beethoven: "Leonore" Overture No. 3; mm. 328-360
  • J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 97-105
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Scherzo mm. 338 till the end
  • C. Debussy: "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune"; beginning to mm. 30
  • M. Ravel: "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite No. 2; 3 bars after rhl. 176 to 2 bars after rhl. 179
  • (Note: Please play the E# in the upbeat of this solo.)

Piccolo (required)

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

Oboe

  • Concerto

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

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

English horn
(optional)

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

Clarinet

  • Concerto

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

    L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; 3rd mvt., trio
  • G. Rossini: "Semiramide" Overture; mm. 178-187
  • O. Respighi: "Pini di Roma"; 3rd mvt., mm. 3-19
  • D. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; 3rd mvt., mm. 1-17
  • Z. Kodaly: "Galanta Dances"; mm. 31-65 and mm. 571-579

E flat Clarinet
(optional)

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

Bass Clarinet
(optional)

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

Bassoon

  • Concerto

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

    L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt., mm. 15-25, 184-188, 300-302 and 348-355
  • W. A. Mozart: "The Marriage of Figaro" Overture; beginning to mm. 7 and 156-171
  • N. Rimsky-Korsakov: "Scheherazade" 2nd mvt., 5-26 and cadenza
  • M. Ravel: "Bolero"; mm. 41-57
  • I. Stravinsky: "Firebird Suite"; Berceuse Solo
  • I. Stravinsky: "The Rite of Spring"; mm. 1-13 and 4 bars from rhl. 12
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 2nd mvt., Solo to the end of the movement

Horn

  • Concerto

    Exposition of Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 or No. 4
  • Orchestra excerpts

    L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; 1st mvt., mm. 86-110 and 423 to the end (1st horn)
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 3; 2nd mvt., 16 bars after letter A to letter B, 4 bars before letter F to 2 bars before letter G (3rd Horn)
  • M. Ravel: Pavane; (1st horn introduction solo)
  • D. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt., 3 after rhl. 17 to rhl. 20 (2nd horn)
  • R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; mm. 1-17 (1st horn)

Trumpet

  • Concerto

    1st movement of F. J. Haydn or J. N. Hummel Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    B. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 2nd mvt., mm.90-120 (1st Tp) and 5th mvt., mm. 201-254, mm. 556-572 (1st Tp)
  • G. Mahler: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt., mm. 1-24, and 1 bar before rhl. 13 to rhl. 14
  • O. Respighi: "Pini di Roma"; 2nd mvt., 8 after rhl. 10 to 10 before rhl. 11 (off stage solo)
  • M. Mussorgsky: "Pictures at an Exhibition"; Promenade solo
  • I. Stravinsky: "Petrouchka"; Ballerina's dance

Trombone

  • Concerto

    1st movement of F. David or L. Grondahl Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    C. Saint Saens: Symphony No. 3, mvt 1, rhl. Q to 2 bars before rhl. R
  • W. A. Mozart: "Requiem" Tuba mirum., solo
  • G. Mahler: Symphony No. 3; 1st mvt., mm. 166-209
  • M. Ravel: "Bolero"; rhl. 10-rhl. 11
  • G. Rossini: "William Tell" Overture; mm. 92-131
  • R. Wagner: "The Ride of Valkyre"

Bass Trombone

  • Concerto

    Sachse: Concertino in F major
  • Orchestra excerpts

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

Tuba

  • Concerto/solo

    1st movement of R. Vaughan Williams Concerto
  • Orchestra excerpts

    H. Berlioz: "Symphony Fantastique"; 5th mvt., mm. 127-147 and 480 to the end
  • O. Respighi: "Fontane di Roma"; rhl. 11-rhl. 16
  • R. Wagner: Prelude to "Die Meistersinger"; mm. 158-188

PERCUSSION

Note: Applicants must audition for both Timpani and Percussion.

Timpani

  • Orchestral excerpts

    B. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 4th mvt., mm. 42-50
  • L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 1st mvt., 18 bars before S to the end
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 1st mvt., 2 before rhl. T to U

Percussion

  • Orchestral excerpts

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

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

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

HARP

Harp

  • Solo

    C. Debussy: Danse Sacrée
  • Orchestral excerpts

    B. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 5th mvt., mm. 96-112, mm. 344-356
  • M. Ravel: Tzigane, Violin & Orchestra rhl. 4 to cadenza, rhl. 12 to 14
  • M. Ravel: "Alborada del gracioso"; beginning to rhl. 9
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky: "Swan Lake"; cadenza
  • B. Britten: "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"; Variation I and Fugue, I to J

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