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Post by fluteguy18 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:33 pm

Panic! :shock:

I was wondering if any here has played the Mahler 1st Symphony. Yesterday, the audition material for the Kentucky All State Inter-Collegiate Orchestra was announced. The audition material, is the first three movements of the Mahler 1st Symphony. We have to play all of it. Crazy.

The reason I am going ballistic, is because the material and due date was finalized this past weekend, but the audition recordings are due [to be handed in to our university representative] by Monday OCTOBER 1st.

I have 6 days to learn the music, do a recording, and hand it in. At least everyone in the state is in the same boat. Less than a week to learn the music. There are only four spots available [four flutes, two of which double on piccolo]. One could say that it is a relief that the music isn't ridiculously difficult, but that makes style all the more important.

So, if anyone here has played it I would really appreciate ANY tips on ANY aspect of the Symphony. Even if you havent played it, but have heard it live, or many recordings, any advice would be of use.

Thus far, I have approached it rationally, and worked through the first two movements with a metronome, and it is all up to a performance tempo. There are a few shaky spots, but they will be rock solid by Sunday.

Otherwise, if anyone has any tips for learning music rapidly [ Learning music well, and rapidly... an oxymoron... I know :wink: :lol: ] I would appreciate them.

All the best,


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Post by flutepicc06 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:55 pm

Unfortunately, I cannot help you here, Fluteguy, but you have my best wishes. Good luck!

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Post by vandoren » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:37 pm

Mahler 1 has some sublime woodwind passages in the first movment (especially) - trilling bird calls etc etc - you had all better be good :wink:


PS - Try to hear the Bernstein Concertgebouw recording.


.............still trying to become a musician at 66 years of age !

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Post by Mark » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:43 pm


I'll be praying you do well.

So many instruments.... so little time.... :)

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