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standard orchestral repertoire

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Leco reis, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Leco reis

    Leco reis

    Sep 2, 2004
    Astoria, NY
    Ok, i am trying to get a orchestral repertoire together.
    Any one has an idea of a standar repertoire( I know could be too long)\
    Any web page where I can find that info?
    thanks guys
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Here's a start:

    Beethoven 5 & 9
    Mozart 35, 39, 40 and 41
    R. Strauss - Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben

    Some combination of these are on most audition lists.
  3. Leco reis

    Leco reis

    Sep 2, 2004
    Astoria, NY
    thanks I'll look for those
  4. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    There are excerpt book available of the more important pieces. Also, 'Simandl book I' has a few in the back as well. The etude book by various people help prepare you for the technique neede to play most things. I rarely remember the actual parts but the technique helps me to play whatever is on the stand. Fingering and bowing agility make a world of difference. I feel it cuts the difficulty in half.

    After playing Beeth 5th last year, I found an easier fingering for the fast eight notes in the 3/4 section. I cut out one string crossing by pivot shifting rather than jumping back n forth changing strings for a single open string note. In this case, shifting made it easier to play than position playing.

    Practice, practice, practice..
  5. Also go to sites of orchestras. Some times they'll post audition lists, but jallenbass has put you on the right track.
  6. Are you looking for stuff that an orchestra plays most frequently, or are you looking for the stuff that shows up on bass auditions?

    The two are not the same...

    The best place to start on standard *audition* material is either with a performing pro's music library (ie - seek out lessons with a pro), or buy the Oscar Zimmerman books of COMPLETE DOUBLE BASS PARTS.

    This topic is addressed in the talkbass forum "Orchestral Auditions" under "how to prepare".

    A general list of COMPLETE bass parts you should know FOR AUDITIONS:

    Bach: Orchestral Suite #2
    Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
    Beethoven: All Symphonies, but most notably #s 3, 5, 7, 9
    Berlioz: Symphonie Phantastique, Roman Festival Overture
    Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2 most often, occasionally 3 or 4
    Bruckner: Sym: 5, 8, 9
    Haydn: Sym: #88
    Mahler: Sym: 2, 5
    Mendelssohn: Sym: #3(Scottish) & 4 (Italian)
    Mozart: Sym: 35(Haffner), 39, 40, 41
    Shostakovich:Sym: 5
    Schubert: Sym: C major ("The Great")
    Smetana: Overture "The Bartered Bride"
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Don Juan, Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Tchaikowsky: Sym: #4

    Bach: Violin Concerto #2
    Britten:Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    Ginastera: Variationes Concertantes, Concerto per Corde
    Haydn Symphonies #6, 7, 8, 31, 45
    Mahler: Symphony #1
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
    Prokofiev: Lt. Kije suite, Romeo and Juliet suites
    Saint-Saens: Le Carnaval des Animaux
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella
    Verdi: Othello, Rigoletto
  7. Leco reis

    Leco reis

    Sep 2, 2004
    Astoria, NY
    Wow thats IT!!
    Thaks guys
  8. Leco reis

    Leco reis

    Sep 2, 2004
    Astoria, NY