WTSBOA 2018-19 audition music for All-West Honor Band

Music for 11th/12th, 9th/10th, and Middle School

11th/12th High school: karg-elert

This is the 6th Caprice from Karg-Elert’s 30 Caprices for Solo Flute. Some things to think about with this work while preparing for All-West Honor Band Auditions:

  • Prepare in 1, not in 3 - the tempo marking “stretto” means “hurried” or “pressed together,” but be sure not to actually rush. Keep tempo in control.

  • Carefully observe key signature. For example, in m. 50 the trill is from D to Eb. Finger D and use your second trill key to trill.

  • Make a big difference with the p marking in m. 22. Hold the p marking and play softly for the whole section. For the slurs up to high Gb’s, take those measures apart and turn them into tone exercises.

  • Develop your low C’s. Play long tones in mf and f all the way down to low B. These will never improve without considerable time spent on them. In m. 2, for the quick change from low G to low C, lift the pinky for low G so you don’t have to slide.

  • Make sure your flute is in good repair. Low notes will not speak at all if there is the smallest leak.

9th/10th High school

For these three consecutive short excerpts, I would like you to focus on the following ideas:

  • In the first section of music, don’t start too fast. Think of your tempo before you begin.

  • Accuracy! Across the board, be accurate with articulation (tongue where you’re supposed to be tonguing, slur where you’re supposed to be slurring). Make sure you are rhythmically accurate.

  • In m. 5, I have chosen to breathe between the two fermatas. There are many ways these fermatas can be played, but I like to make the second one longer than the first one.

  • In m. 12, make sure that your F# accidental carries forward. The last note of m. 12 should be F#.

  • 32nd notes in the second section should sound melodic! Don’t play them faster than someone could sing them.

  • In the third section, the music should be bouncy and bright. Play Db’s!!!

  • Practice the dynamic shift in m. 27 - f to mp.

11th/12th High school: Anderson

This Anderson etude is a piece to prepare for All-West Honor Band for 11th and 12th graders. Some things to think about here:

  • The piece is in C# minor - which is important because the tonic note, C# is typically an out-of-tune and unstable note on the flute. Work on your C# intonation and tone.

  • Work on this with a metronome to make sure your rhythms are correct and in a steady pulse. For example, there should be well-spaced triplets throughout this piece. Don’t allow grace notes to interfere with rhythms or the pulse.

  • In m. 15, there is an ornament called a turn (the squiggly line). Be sure to play this turn C#-D#-B#-C# and to preserve the dotted quarter-sixteenth note rhythm. I choose to play the turn with a B# because it’s the leading tone in C# minor and it’s original to Anderson’s version.

  • Exaggerate dynamics but not to the point of bad tone.

  • M. 9-10 have accents: you will notice that I give these a heavier emphasis, not a hard attack.

Middle school

Practice these three excerpts so that you can move from one to the next without stopping! Here are some further tips for preparing the All West Honor Band excerpts for Middle School:

  • Learn how to read in 6/8 time if you don’t already know how. Instead of beating in quarter notes, you will beat in dotted quarters. Ask someone to help you if you don’t have a firm grip on this time signature.

  • It’s important as you flow from one section to the other to adjust to each key signature. We go from one flat in the first section to no flats or sharps in 2nd section to one sharp in the third. If you’re not sure how to finger B-natural or E-natural or F#, look these up online or in a fingering chart! Mark them in to remind yourself.

  • The third section would benefit from some vibrato if you know how to create vibrato in your sound.

  • In the third section, be sure to count measures 29 and 35 accurately: hold half notes and tied notes for two full beats. It’s easy to compress these rhythms and become one beat ahead.

Happy practicing and good luck!