5th Grade Orchestra Practice Tasks

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)

Key Vocabulary 

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 


Thank you,

Ms. Waldman