Christmas Oratorio sight-reading
Apparently, I'm sightreading BWV 248(aka. The Christmas Oratorio) saturday(for funsies, no public performance). Seeing as it's still nice to be(kind of) prepared - is there anything in the bass part one ought to be aware of or check out beforehand?
For those wondering, the intention is to go through the whole thing - all six cantatas.
You can most likely get the continuo part from IMSLP and look over it there. You may not even have to print it out, but you'll know what you're in for. I've never met a Bach part I didn't prefer to spend _some_ time on...
just be aware that although there is a bass part for each number/section, the bass does not always play. For example ther is a flute solo mvt with cello pizz acc. some condutors want the bass some doŽnt.
Most of the time the bass is playing exactly as the cello but there are a few where you will sit out depending on the singers and the conductor.
Otherwise it is pretty straight forward.
I play this piece EVERY year in its entirety.
Have fun and good luck.
Have a very good sleep beforehand, take your vitamins, have a pocketful of energy food, clean your glasses well, sit to play, etc....
Seriously though, even the excerpt numbers that I played recently became a test of physical endurance because I often played constantly for two pages before going back (Da Capo al Fine). Are you the only bass player? Ask the conductor about not playing when one cello is sufficient to accompany the female (and male?) soloists in recitatives or in arias where they enter after the Tutti orchestra introductions. Depending on your edition you might see Vcl. above the stave then later +D.B. + Bsn (bassoon).
Good luck, enjoy and all the best for 2014!!
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