Saturday, 20 August We have moved This blog is now available elsewhere. Posted by Thomas Rushton at No comments:. Sunday, 10 July Eugene Onegin. It's been a while I've been busy with "real life", rather than music. However, I've just come off a run of Eugene Onegin from a reduced orchestral version, "Pocket Opera"? Shall we begin at the beginning? Labels: OperaTchaikovsky.
There's a fair few notes here The first few pages are there to lull you into a false sense of security. Belebt, doch nicht schnell - Animato The Double Bass (Parts 1-3) - Unpleasant Surprise non troppo - getting a bit quicker.
Immer mehr belebend - Sempre piu animando Bewegt - Con moto - things are really picking up now Etwas gedehnt - Poco steso - OK, now you've lost me. Sehr bewegt - Molto mosso. Just as well, 'cos it'll take you the ten bars at this tempo just to read the speed. Massig beginnend, und schnell bewegter - Moderato cominicando e poi stringendo subito. That little lot is just in the space of under bars.
And I've missed a few out. The moral of this story is "watch. No, I mean it. Watch until your eyes feel like they're popping out, like Arnie's were at the end of Total Recall. And, based on my experience of the last rehearsal, it's all too easy to Around The Lamp - KhaliféSchumacherTristano - Afrodiziak (Bonus Version) (File, Album) count in the few bars rest that you actually get And so, on with the notes However, over the page from the directions shown above, we get The Double Bass (Parts 1-3) - Unpleasant Surprise bar I like the tempo marking - "Etwas schleppend".
Apparently that means The Double Bass (Parts 1-3) - Unpleasant Surprise strascinante", but I have no idea what that means either, beyond "watch! And then, at the bottom of that page, we have a few really quick bars, with a change of time signature every bar just so you can't settle down:. A couple of pages later nearly there! You want more speed? With another cockeyed rhythm?
You'll just have to use the link I provided earlier to download the part and have a look for yourself, if you don't believe me! Labels: Northern Wagner OrchestraOpera. And now, after a decent interval and not too much beer - it's a long night!
I've just gone through the part again, and I can't see a single marking indicating that this caused problems. There are a few naughty bits in Act 3, however, and I'll get to those shortly. A nice surprise - for a couple of hours there were four double bassists!
Unfortunately, one of 'em had to go at lunchtime, but it bodes well for the main event weekend when we should have up to five It's a far cry from the bad old days when I was all alone, boo, sniffle On to the notes.
I think I may have been slightly hampered The Double Bass (Parts 1-3) - Unpleasant Surprise the rehearsal room - instead of our normal large hall, we were rehearsing in Grand Sud - Blue Quitach - Sweet Bodega nightclub, and the lighting was not all that it might have been.
Wagner with a glitter-ball I think my friend was a bit optimistic when he described the notes as being straightforward There are, however, a few bits that would benefit from some study. Starting with Act 1, Scene 1, half way down the first page, we get a few unpleasant bars of heavily-accidentalled quavers:. It's Northern Wagner Orchestra time again! By way of initial preparation, I asked a friendly ex-pro double-bassist I know if he had any advice.
He came up with the following musical points as well as a couple of physiological issues that I don't think we'll go into here Reminds me of the old saying - if you don't know what it means, it means "watch! However, I'm not quite at his standard, or at his match-fitness as it wereand I've already spotted a few quaver runs that could be interesting. I'll make some notes during rehearsal, and if there is anything untoward I'll put it up here.
Note: the reason that the PDF of the bass part is 85 pages is that whoever put it up in IMSLP helpfully included part of the 2nd bassoon and the 3rd bassoon part! It looks like the bass part is really Various - Italy - The Greatest Songs Ever Just got in from the band call for tomorrow's Northern Wagner Orchestra's rendition of Aida.
I'm not going to be able to practise this myself, but I need to keep an eye on the following bits, 'cos they're nasty Act 1. Older Posts Home. Subscribe to: Posts Atom. About Me Thomas Rushton I don't just play double bass - I also occasionally play cello, and once upon a time I was a very bad oboist. Oh, and I sing tenor. View my complete profile.
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