College Audition Pieces: HELP!
 

College Audition Pieces: HELP!

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College Audition Pieces: HELP!    17:29 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

la_flauta
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I'm sure that most of you out there have much more experience with flute repertoire than I, and have probably been through several auditions before. Because of this fact, I would love some advice on picking a college audition piece.

I realize that this is probably a very difficult question to answer without knowing my level of ability. I will try to clarify this to the best of my ability. This is my seventh year playing the flute. I had two years of private instruction during my 8th and 9th grade years, but my flute teacher moved away and I have yet to find another of her caliber. Because of her influence, I picked Syrinx by Claude Debussy to try as an audition piece (partly for sentimental reasons and partly because I have a recording of her playing that same piece that I can base my playing off of.) I am currently working through it, but the accidentals and odd rhythms are proving very difficult. I was hoping for something perhaps a little less complex, since I only have until February or March to perfect a piece or two on my own. Yet I get very easily bored with pieces that are not challenging.

To clarify, I am not really auditioning for scholarships or as a music major, but simply for placement in college music programs as a related field of study, so I am not too concerned with the technical difficulty of the piece.

Any suggestions?

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Re: College Audition Pieces: HELP!    17:49 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Spencer
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hi, if i were you i would try one of the Bach sonatas. they were the district solos in our district a couple of years. I have been playing the flute for two years and have made district band playing the bach sonata. I hope this helps you out a little bit.
spencer

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Re: College Audition Pieces: HELP!    17:53 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

la_flauta
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I love the Bach sonatas...I don't know why I didn't think of them before.

Thanks, Spencer!

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Re: College Audition Pieces: HELP!    20:08 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Patrick
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they will want to hear something from each musical period and also contrasting styles.

you can't go wrong with the Faure Fantaisie as it is not too long, is gorgeous and challenging as well, not to mention very entertaining, the Poulenc sonata is as well

most Bach sonatas are good, some are longer then others, for audition purposes shorter ones might be better

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Re: College Audition Pieces: HELP!    20:13 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Spencer
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Hey this is spencer, try to get some etudes as well. I think that they might be really effective as well.

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Re: College Audition Pieces: HELP!    20:13 on Thursday, November 22, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Spencer
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Hey this is spencer, try to get some etudes as well. I think that they might be really effective as well.

   

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