This week I whipped out my Hadcock book for the first time in…I don’t even know because its been that long! I have an opportunity to play for the principal clarinetist of the Virginia Symphony at the end of the month to possibly get on the sub list, so I need to brush up on my repertoire! Here’s the list of excerpts I’m going to prepare:
Beethoven symphonies 6 & 8
Brahms 3, 2nd mvt
Kodaly Dances of Galanta
RK Capriccio Espagnol
Stravinsky, Variation of the Firebird (gulp)
Oh yes, and I’m also planning on working up the Mozart Exposition. I feel like this is a good mix of excerpts that can showcase my strengths, and I don’t completely hate them (*cough Daphnis cough*). As I played through these, I was surprised at myself how good they sounded considering some I haven’t played in a few years! Just goes to show that having a good fundamentals routine that I play every day is really helping! I used to have trouble with the tonguing in the A clarinet Capriccio excerpt…I played through it at 126 and it was easy! Score one for daily routines!
Oh yes, and I whipped out my Eefer the other day. I want to incorporate it into my weekly practice schedule and get familiar with it again. Especially now that I’m no longer committed to playing C clarinet in the woodwind quintet (the oboist that I was subbing for returned from her maternity leave), I can replace my “C clarinet days” with “Eb clarinet days”. Lets see how long it takes before I rip my hair out.