Talk:Give Us This Day
Small College Program Repertoire
Challenges: "1. Intonation- a number of octave doublings and chords need to be carefully tuned 2. Tempo- Maslanka is very specific with his markings, so the conductor needs to be quite literal in his/her interpretations of the metronome markings 3. Extended solo passages- There are extended solo passages for 1st Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, and Horn that require proper breath support, intonation, shape, and control. The piano is also quite involved and requires a proficient player on the part."
Solutions: "1. Intonation- I gave all of my students a chart on how to adjust a variety of chords and we spent time identifying trouble chords and tuning them. First by checking the root, then the fifth, and finally inserting the the third of the chord. Also important, is to emphasis the idea of listening and constantly adjusting. 2. Tempo- I spent much time practicing with the metronome to make sure that I was setting all the proper tempos. This is especially important in the beginning of the first movement, as Maslanka said that people often take this passage too slow. The second movement should also be at the 184 metronome marking and not any slower. 3. Soloists- Much time was spent rehearsing in small chamber groups so that solo players could understand how their part fit in with others. "