Tonight (3/16/2010) is my first practice with the local community orchestra. I attended a practice back in late February to get a better feel for the group, follow along by reading some of the score, and gauge my confidence level in being able to play with this group of musicians. I walked away from that practice ready to tackle the world. Everything just felt right – a perfect opportunity to play music. The conductor was happy to have another cello player come on board – for a grand total of two cellists.

There are two pieces of music we are practicing:

1.    Viennese Sonatina No. 6 in C Major: I. Allegro; Mozart. You can get a look at the score here (the PDF file will not allow for printing or local “save as”).

2.    Saul, HWC 53: Symphony; Handel. I really like this piece. It is very lively. There are alternating melodies between the various string sections. If there is one instrument I would love to hear played with this piece, it would be the harpsichord. The facility that is hosting the orchestra has a harpsichord and the conductor can play it; but I do not know if he will play it as part of a performance. Some more information about this piece of music can be found here and here.

There is one musical term I needed to quickly learn about and that was “tutti”. Its placement in the score was right after a section marked “solo”. Tutti means all or together. Thus, this is where the rest of the group all plays together right after a solo section. This is yet another example of how playing with a group expands both skills and knowledge of music.

For anyone that cares to learn a little more about the community I live in – here is the Wikipedia overview.

I look forward to sharing more about my community orchestra experience soon!


One Response to “Anticipation”

  1. Very cool! I hate playing with groups. I did it when I played violin, but being new to cello I prefer to play by myself. I wonder if that will change later. At any rate, best wishes for your new venture. You sound excited and ready and that’s going to make the experience so much better.

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