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Bass Auditions

Discussion in 'Orchestral Auditions [DB]' started by Ty Wiggins, Nov 20, 2018.


  1. Ty Wiggins

    Ty Wiggins Supporting Member

    May 21, 2018
    Just out of curiosity, what does a typical bass audition for a symphony consist of; pieces, excerpts, etc.,.?
     
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    A solo, excerpts and possible sight reading.
     
  3. Ty Wiggins

    Ty Wiggins Supporting Member

    May 21, 2018
    Thanks, jallenbass. Are you in a symphony? What pieces are commonly asked for? I'm just curious. I've started way, way too late to even consider such a thing.
     
  4. And that's true for all instruments.
     
  5. Ty Wiggins

    Ty Wiggins Supporting Member

    May 21, 2018
    Insrtumentalist- What do you mean?
     
  6. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I retired from orchestral playing several years ago.

    Solo is usually of your choice but sometimes is specified.

    Common orchestral excerpts are, but not limited to, Beethoven 5 and 9, Mozart 35 and 40, Strauss Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben.
     
  7. Ty Wiggins

    Ty Wiggins Supporting Member

    May 21, 2018
    Thanks a lot, jallenbass; I appreciate it.
     
  8. Thomas Allin

    Thomas Allin

    Dec 30, 2017
    Gothenburg
    Here is a playthrough of the excerpts from Gothenburg in september...

     
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  9. I mean that at a symphony audition for a different instrument, you will likely be expected to do the same things: a solo, excerpts and possibly sight reading.

    I played viola for many years and this is how it went.
     
  10. Ty Wiggins

    Ty Wiggins Supporting Member

    May 21, 2018
    Thanks to everyone for the info!
     
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  11. thebrownsound

    thebrownsound

    Nov 30, 2018
    A lot of B natural quarter notes tied to another b eighth and then an a sharp eighth note
     

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