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For all you Muscians

shostakovichshostakovich Registered User Posts: 322 Member
edited February 2005 in College Admissions
~just wondering what schools you applied to and if you're going to continue'em in college...it's like ive been playing the violin for almost 15 years and i'm all state and everything, but i definately don't want to go pro but don't want to drop it either...are any of you guys going to do orchestra/band? Personally I'd LOVE to join the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra or something...it just seems like i somehow know as if im gunna quit my instrument in college (almost everyone i know goes into college a music prodigy and leaves it having dropped it) but i dont' want to yet...any thoughts?

by the way, my favorite pieces are:

Shostakovich's Symphony #5 4th Movement
Gypsy Airs =) (even though i could never ever play it)
Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven Symphony #7
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Replies to: For all you Muscians

  • shrek2004shrek2004 Registered User Posts: 3,460 Senior Member
    umm ive played violin for 13 years or so....im not sure if i want to continue it. most college orchestras have a lot of time dedication. my really good friend is in the harvard top orchestra which is like 2 or 3 times a week. with practicing and everything im not sure if i will be able to handle it =D

    my all time favorite piece is mahler 1 =D

    what concerto are u playing? i just finished sibelius
  • thenarratorthenarrator Registered User Posts: 43 New Member
    I play clarinet (7th year right now). I'm definitely continuing my music studies in college. It'll most likely be merely participation in the school orchestra. I've applied to the conservatory at Oberlin and Bard as well.

    I don't know about my favorite pieces. there are too many awesome works out there.
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    I play violin. I'm applying to music programs and double-degree programs at Bard, Indiana, BU, Harvard/NEC, Vanderbilt, CIM, and Yale. Yes, that's too many auditions! Too late now...

    Favorite pieces?!?!?!?
    Mozart 38
    Brahms 1 and 2
    Mahler 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10!
    Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata, Piano Sonata op. 101, Symphonies 3, 5, 6,7,8,9, String Quartets
    Mendelssohn, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Barber violin concertos+Bruch Scottish Fantasy
    Bach Solo violin and cello music, WTC
    Schubert-- anything
    Die Zauberflote!!!
    Haydn, Bartok, Shostakovich, Brahms string quartets
    Archduke Trio
    Ned Rorem Songs
    Goldberg Variations
    Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto
    Brahms Piano Concerti
    Schumann piano music+violin concerto
    Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe, string quartet, violin sonata
    Debussy Piano preludes
    Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses
    Franck Violin Sonata
    Nielsen 4
    Shosty 6 and 10
    Brahms+Beethoven cello sonatas

    how's that for a brief list?
  • shrek2004shrek2004 Registered User Posts: 3,460 Senior Member
    eewwwww i hate mahler 3 =) we played it in our youth orchestra last year...TERRIBLE haha, we played mahler 1 the year before...amaazing, that was our best repertoire that year, mahler 1, shosty 5, prokofieff 5, rimsky korsakov russian easter and brahms 1 =D
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    How incredibly foolish of me to leave out the Brahms Piano Quintet, the Copland Sextet, the Ravel Trio, and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Also, the Rite of Spring and Dumbarton Oaks.
  • wolfstarslasherwolfstarslasher Registered User Posts: 473 Member
    Eew, I'm supposed to play Shostakovich's Symphony #5 starting tomorrow for All-State and I really don't like it.

    I'm auditioning at Lawrence and Oberlin...I'm still torn between academics and music and would love to do both!
  • birdofprey425birdofprey425 Registered User Posts: 682 Member
    I play bassoon (7 years), lots of saxes and piano. I'm probably going to play in the school orchestra wherever I go (Columbia is my first choice).

    Favorite pieces? My favorite bassoon piece is the Previn sonata, and overall I absolutely love Holst's The Planets, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Saint-Saens' Dance Bacchanale. I've also enjoyed the movements I've played of the Firebird Suite (the Berceuse and Finale) and the Pines of Rome is great too. I haven't really had an opportunity to play much real orchestra lit. I go to All-State orchestra each year and play in FSU's top orchestra in their summer camps, but my local youth orchestra is terrible (I played one year, then quit because it was just depressing).
  • shostakovichshostakovich Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    ohhh man wolfstar you are sooo lucky to be playing symphony #5, the 4th movement sounds really good. listen to a CD... but it is pretty hard to play...two years ago in Mass. All State we played Shosty #5, but last year it was all contemporary stuff, except a Rachmoninov symphony #1, yeah... I really really hope we play something cool this year

    aren't those dual music degrees really hard to get in? I dunno, i think i want to go into economics or something~ ehh...whatever best of luck to you guys!
  • Canadia1Canadia1 Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    9 years here on violin. yea, we're playing the shostakovich no.5 and stravinsky's firebird (1919 version) at regional orch in pa. we did pictures at an exhibition, brahms symphony no. 1, 4th movement, and offenbach's orpheus in the underworld at districts.
  • ecnerwalc3321ecnerwalc3321 Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    bassoon? hardly see them around anymore.
    Piano -13 years. I hope to play in college- just for fun probably. Not going to audition for anything.
    All time Favorite piece- Chopin Ab Polonaise (just too fun to play)
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    Brahms 1 in a district orchestra? Wow. Where do you live?
  • shrek2004shrek2004 Registered User Posts: 3,460 Senior Member
    they only did 4th movement....=D
  • thenarratorthenarrator Registered User Posts: 43 New Member
    Brahms 2 seems to be the piece to play in my area these couple of years....LaGuardia HS played it last year (it was pretty bad, lol), Mannes Prep Division did it last year, NY Youth Symphony and Juilliard PreCollege Orchestra are playing this year, Kinhaven Summer Camp did it this past summer....awesome piece...soooo gorgeous.....not fit for youth orchestras tho.

    brahms 1 is cool too.
  • Canadia1Canadia1 Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    i live around philly, so our district area has some kids who have teachers who are in the philly orch, lots of curtis and temple grads, etc. but seriously, it was only the 4th movement and i didn't think it was that hard. i think i listened more to the recording than i actually practiced; i'm an auditory/visual movement learner when it comes to music. can't sightread music for my life without first hearing it.

    there are other districts that we combine with for regionals and states who have kids from curtis and temple who are still in high school to compete with.
  • jaug1jaug1 Registered User Posts: 870 Member
    I play Oboe (5 years), Alto Sax (7 years), Tenor Sax (4 years) and English Horn (3 years). I was principal oboe last year at an honor youth philharmonic in Los Angeles and love classical music, with Oboe being my strongest instrument. I was accepted to Columbia ED and I know a ton of musicians who were also accepted ED, so it seems the performing arts are taking a larger role in admissions. I love to sight read music and am fairly good at doing so.

    I love Shosta 5, the Aladdin Suite (not the movie, but a highly difficult orchestra piece with 4 orchestras playing at the same time at different tempos, key signatures and melodies), Overture to Candide, New World Symphony, Pictures at an Exhibition, Hary Janos Suite and many others.

    Current Repertoire for Philharmonic:
    Overture to Candide
    Lincoln Portrait
    Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto
    Hansen 2nd Symphony (romantic)
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