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Low Clarinet

Junior Low Clarinet:  Audition Solo 1E, Allegro

  • Crescendo and decrescendo with the contour of the line in mm. 6-7
  • Show articulation contrast between staccatos in mm. 13-14 and tenutos in m. 15
  • Third beat of m. 20 is articulated unlike the previous measure

“A” ending:

  • Make an effective crescendo throughout m. 24 to reach forte

“B” ending:

  • Accent the syncopated notes in mm. 27 and 28 and make another effective crescendo leading into m. 29

Clinic Low Clarinet:  Audition Solo 2C, Adagietto / Allegro con brio

Adagietto:

  • Crescendo in m. 5
  • Subito piano on the fourth beat of m. 6
  • Ritardando throughout mm. 7-8

Allegro con brio:

  • Time signature changes to 6/8 - count this section using the dotted-quarter note
  • 21 drops to mezzo piano and crescendos back to forte in m.23
  • 28 has an eighth note after the initial group of 3 eighth notes instead of a quarter note (compare to the similar patterns around it)

“A” ending:

  • Decrescendo into m. 37 and then make an effective crescendo to forte in m. 38

“B” ending:

  • Decrescendo into m. 37 and then make an effective crescendo to forte in m. 38
  • Carefully count the rhythms in mm. 45-46

 

Senior Low Clarinet: Audition Solo 3E, Andante cantabile / Allegro giocoso

Andante Cantabile:

  • Terraced dynamics from p-mp-mf over the first three measures
  • Carefully count the sextuplets in m. 3 and m. 6 to stay in time
  • Ritardando in m. 8

Allegro Giocoso: 

  • Play mm. 11-12 lightly and at a mp dynamic to contrast the measures around it
  • Crescendo to forte in m. 16 and play with a lively, humorous feel in m. 17
  • 20 contrasts in style and time signature
  • Play the first and fourth eighth notes of m. 20 heavily while following the accent/staccato articulation 

“A” ending:

  • Return to the light style in m. 23
  • Crescendo through mm. 29-30
  • Play an accented/staccato final note, but allow it to “ring”

“B” ending:

  • Return to the light style in m. 35
  • Crescendo through mm. 41-42
  • Play an accented/staccato final note, but allow it to “ring”

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