Per Questa for an audition solo?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Auditions [DB]' started by marab, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. marab


    Apr 14, 2012
    Greensboro, NC
    I'm taking an audition for the assistant principal bass position in a regional (per service) orchestra next month and on the audition list they are asking for a "concerto of your choice." I usually play the Koussevitzky for auditions, but have recently performed Per Questa Bella Mano for a recital and I think it sounds more impressive than the first few minutes of any bass concerto. Could I get away with playing that for a concerto of my choice even though it's not a concerto?
  2. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Wow that's a tough call. Play the one you can play better. However, I would call the personnel manager and have them run it by the audition committee.
  3. dtosky


    Jan 4, 2010
    I think that you would be disadvantaging yourself. If you have the Koussevitzky prepared, play it. If they ask for a concerto, play a concerto.
  4. ILIA


    Jan 27, 2006
    For orchestral auditions, it's best to play the ordinary repertoire for the pieces you get to pick.
  5. chicagodoubler


    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz
    If they ask for a concerto, then play a concerto. End of story. 90% of American auditions call for first movement of a major concerto and/ or some Bach. Accordingly, it's always good to have both up and running if you're taking auditions.

    BTW, cheers for working up the Mozart.
  6. Play the Koussevitzsky. The Mozart is a duet; the bass part shouldn't be played as an audition piece without the vocal part.
  7. jallenbass

    jallenbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Check out the NY Phil principal audition list.

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    If you are interested to get a job, respect regulation first. If regulations indicates the concerto, do not play a dueto. Even if it´s remarcable, fabulous and sounds extraordinary.

    Show your respect first
    In auditions the program is always secondary thing. Perfect intonation and sense of rythm are crucial. In some strange situatiuons also sound is important, but every child knows, that sound depends mostly from the quality of instrument, so it is rather not to consider.

    Play Koussevitzky.
  9. Sound is highly individual, other than that I agree. But it's a common mistake to put sound as fully dependent on the instrument, in my opinion.
  10. Are you allowed to play per questa and no other solo? It would seem silly to allow people to play one part from a duet as their solo. It doesn't show the same skill as playing a concerto, because the sense of intuitive dialogue with those you're playing with is different. But that's just my opinion.

    Re: NY Phil audition list--I looked at this list and didn't see per questa listed under "Solos," but instead under "Orchestra Repertoire Solos." Very different! I don't think the committee would allow for a candidate to replace a concerto they've required with per questa; they've listed them under different categories, for one thing.
  11. Marab,

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  12. marab


    Apr 14, 2012
    Greensboro, NC
    Thanks everyone! I did prepare the Koussevitzky, but it was all for naught. All of the current contract players of the orchestra were automatically advanced to the final round, as is customary, and the conductor decided that he didn't want to hear any concertos in that round. They skipped right to the excerpts. W.T.F., right?
  13. Provbass1

    Provbass1 Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    But if you hadn't prepared it, it would have been asked!
  14. It is not a concerto.