complete rehearsal notes for sousa concert

COMPLETE REHEARSAL NOTES IN CONCERT ORDER

 

LIGHT CAVALRY

Our opener! Have fun with serious music, dramatic, animated - ala Bugs Bunny!

Exaggerate dynamic contrasts

5 + 11 if you have a rhythm, change to a whole note

Keep the ‘fanfare’ rhythm notes close, space and wait

19 a bit softer

21 add ritard

22 big timpani roll an Ab

2 before A if you have a rhythm change it to a whole note

Cut from A to D

F suddenly slower with straight 8ths from BD and CC

9 after F back to faster tempo

Accel to end

Ritard last 3 measures

 

EL CAPITAN

FENNEL scholarly edition – do as is

Form is Intro and 4 sections (repeated sections) - 2 are in 6/8, 2 are in 2/4

5 brass, pace self, alternate? dynamics!

21 dynamics

39 (2/4) not too loud - wait for louds later, observe bd & cc accents

77 not too loud 1st time – mp?

 

CARNIVAL OF VENICE

Remember, you are accompanying

1 mm=80

12 tenuto

2 b4 A no fermatas

1 b4 A add fermata on ct 2

Theme mm=88

Var I mm=68

B mm=78

Var III just play downbeats (1 and 2) for the next 8 measures, a bit slower

C mm=66

1 b4 D add fermata on ct 2 – all play Eb chord

cut from D to E

cut 3rd measure from end totally out

 

SEMPRE

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

1 together, wait, explode (throughout piece, e.g 9)

9 tenor and eup must be heard

9 light hearted, fun

10 trumpet 1&2, clar 1 & Efer precise, end together at 11

24 first ending is out – no repeat

26 trumpet 3&4 must be heard, but not louder than 1&2

26 clarinet 1 play lower notes, always

37surprise chord!

41 1st ending is out, no repeat

43 stick clicks high handed, add field drum

50 trumpets watch pitch on low D on pick up

51 clarinets out until 67

51 trombone 1&2 out till 82

51 field drum out till 83

51 keep bass line light

56 trumpets together, not early

58&59 low brass and ww add hairpins

67 increase weight and volume to tier 2

67 add piccs

83 add weight and volume to tier 3

99 all precision – each note clearly attacked and released

99 trumpet 1&2 play out soli

99 trumpet 3&4 2nd time only, then play out

99 play tied notes fully, don’t arrive early

last repeat is good

 

CARMEN

Use arrangers notes unless otherwise, #players, dynamics, NO CUES!

I. PRELUDE

1 lots of timp

1pompous16 no cc on count 2

17 very soft

25 dig in!

31 subito pp, almost pause before

34 braoden as go back to DC (no repeat)

II. AVEC LA GARDE MONTAINE

Extended trumpet intro, no directing

43 1st X just flute and picc

43 2nd X all, but still no trumpets

63 solo trumpet for 4 measures

67 et al – bring out all grace notes, on the beat

71 solo trumpet for 4 meas97 dig in – marcato

end big

III. LES TOREADORS

No break into this mvt

Bring out grace notes on the beat

106 separate after the quarter note

 (107)

112 not too loud

119 trumpets add cresc

124 martial, sep quarters, fanfares crisp

IV. DANSE BOHEME

Sense of urgency throughout

Clarinet, bass clar, saxes, 4th horn, euph, perc out until 163

1 bsn, 1/part horn till 163

163 all in, not too loud

flute, picc, clar, alto add accent on ct 3 m. 157, 158, 159, 160, 175, 176, 177, 178

181 bigger, alt very soft, etc

191 faster m=120

201 trumpet solo slur pick up into downbeat always

201 very light

208 start the ritard hear

209 add fermata on ct 3

210 fast m=150

211 separate quarter notes always

219 add hairpins 3 xs

last meas add fermata, release with grace notes and stinger with bd& cc accent

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

NEARER

Just as in fall concert

Lighting effect

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

THUNDERER

Mm=126

Listen to good quality recordings of these great marches

1sttime thru trio – play it soft, trumpets and trombones out, clarinets stay in the staff, sd pay on rim (no other percussion)

2nd time thru the trio – play it even softer! piccolo, efer, trumpet, trombones and percussion are all out

TROMBONES PLAY BOTH ENDINGS suddenly loud with the low brass and ww!

18 from the end (the last ‘trio’, you might have a 6 marked here, it’s in the middle of the last repeated section where the music is marked FFF) 1st time thru here play it soft with brass one on a part. Pley the first ending loud as well as the entire 2nd time as written.

Play the ‘stingers’ on all these marches accented and full length, never clipped.

 

NEW WORLD

Listen to quality recordings

Work on the 16th note runs and argegios in ww and euphs

WW feel free to adapt and edit your parts (e.g. leaving out repeated 16ths, changing 16ths to 8ths)

Beginning – watch, together, pwerful

5 Efer leave 6 meas whole notes out

9 slight pause and suddenly softer, watch pitch

9A check key

10 bit slower

12 bit slower

Watch, this is the centerpiece of the concert, enjoy playing this masterwork

 

-intermission-

 

DIES IRAE

Mad Max – Papa Murphy commercial

With fire! Very dramatic

3 crisp, exaggerate dotted 8th – 16th figure throughout, wait for the 16th (don’t rush it)

WW work your chromatic runs throughout

59 no timpani, replace with a soft bass drum roll

80 bells up, not too fast

95 trumpet timing – don’t go early

 

FOSHAY TOWER MARCH

All repeats are good

As in all of Sousa’s marches, keep all notes separated unless they are tied or slurred.

Mm=132

5 only mf, not too big, exaggerate the dynamics, like most Sousa marches – this of this first strain as a Scherzo

5 horns and tubas – your parts may seem unimportant, but they provide the energy

22 change the first time thru dynamic to piano, trumpets, euphs and trombones out first time, percussion play very soft, 2nd time as is

39 like most Sousa marches, play the trio like it’s an aria, trumpets, euphsand trombones out until pick up to 71, percussion play very soft

87 first time trumpets, euphs and trombones out, percussion play very soft – come back in on first repeat

117 bring out the ascending high ww run

Play the last note full, not short

 

FUNERAL MARCH OF A MARIONETTE

WASHINGTON POST MARCH

MORCEAU SYMPHONIQUE

MINNESOTA MARCH

 

DANSE BACHANALE

0 remember the added oboe cadenza at the beginning of the piece

1 mm=120

play the arrangers suggestion concerning numbers on a part, etc…

bring out the grace notes throughout

3 solo flute, picc and clar

upper ww – please take time to work up 11-35 & 84-100. Work them slowly to tempo. IF you can’t play these parts, please edit the part and adapt, when in doubt leave it out!

19 castanet solo – very important

92 not too short on bsn, tenor, bari, trombone, euph and tuba part

110 mm=160! Hang on, DON’T RUSH!

152 push to the end

155 add huge crescendo

last measure and a half are out

I’ll ask you all to stand after this one

 

STARS & STRIPES

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

5 melody don’t rush, bass line don’t drag (edit part?)

22 fl & cl bring out lower note of 8va leaps

91 dotted quarter’s heavier than 8ths

 

2nd time thru last repeat (last dogfight and trio):

78 trumpets and bones stand and go quickly to places stage front (stop playing until 95) make room for them, they have only 20”

91 HORNS UP! – match angles

91 no ritard

94 bass drum big pick up to 95

95 brass out front play only forte

109 trumpets hi C only 1 player and only if sure

at end - brass turn and go back immediately

 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

The Star Spangled Banner became our National anthem 100 years ago this year. And it was this Sousa/Damrosch edition that was the official arrangement. Play it exactly as is. Stirring.