Week of 11/19/18 – 11/23
Page 12 Essential Elements #34: Natalie’s Rose
- Check intonation when you play it as written.
- Turn the 6th measure into 3/4 time signature (drop out the rest on the 4th beat). The 7th measure is still in 4/4 time.
- Make the C# on the 4th beat of the 7th measure a fermata. A fermata is a semi circle with a dot under it.
- Combine 2nd and 3rd bullet above and turn the C# in the 7th measure into a C natural.
A Very Short History of Music: Measures 52 – 60
- This is from the Finale of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird.
- Check intonation. Remember C naturals
- Practice being very steady throughout the section. If you have a metronome I would set it to 92 beats per minute (bpm). This is the performance tempo. Remember if you are struggling with the notes take it at a slower tempo and gradually increase the tempo once you get the notes in your fingers.
- Molto Ritardando in measure 59 (remember the tempo will not be 92 bpm, since we are slowing down in that measure)
- Fermata in measure 60 (also won’t be at 92 bpm, because we are holding the note longer than a quarter note)
Fermata – A note that is held as long as the performer or conductor desires. In orchestra settings it is the conductor’s desire.
Intonation – Accuracy of pitch. We aim to always play with accurate pitch within music.
Mixed Meter – When a piece changes time signatures. For instance, a few bars of a piece may be in 3/4 time and then in the middle of a piece it will be marked in 4/4 time.
Molto Ritardando – Slowing down a lot.
*Here is a link if you are interested in listening to the entire Firebird, which has multiple movements. The last movement (Finale) is an arrangement of what we are playing in A Very Short History of Music. The entire Firebird work is about 48 minutes long, however it is a very beautiful piece. I highly recommend you listen to it to the entire piece when you get a chance. The Finale starts at 42:56. This is a phenomenal recording done by one of the best orchestras in the world The Vienna Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev conducting.
Recording of The Vienna Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev conducting The Firebird