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Playing Mozart's Requiem in D Minor...As a Sophomore.
Basically a summary of my experiances so far.
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CameronLG
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So, I don't know if any of you have had similar experiences, so let me explain this as best I can.

 

I am a 5 year violinist having played amazing songs such as music from Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of the Caribbean(full soundtrack non-arranged), and parts of Pachabel's Winter; but when I was handed the sheet music for Mozart's Requiem I was blown away. Before being handed this piece I had never seen it before in my life. Never heard of it, nor had heard it. Looking through it my gaze lingered on the difficulty of Dies Irae and Domine Jesu, cursing myself for getting into this. Though over about 3 months of practicing this, I have grown to appreciate it greatly... except Dies Irae... I hate that movement.

 

My school Philharmonic Orchestra, 4 members of the Atlanta Symphony Opera, 3 different school Choruses, and one other school's Orchestra are putting on a fairly large performance for said piece this November, and it is a greatly moving opportunity.

 

I just want to see what people think about this, and maybe get some advice for performing in front of ~3000 people and on television.

 

Thanks!

Cameron

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You should definitely enjoy it. Listen a lot before hand, that will help you understand the relationship between the sum and your part in particular.
Congratulations on expanding your horizons. :)

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Wow, I have no advice.  Have fun.  

 

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CameronLG said
So, I don't know if any of you have had similar experiences, so let me explain this as best I can.

 

I am a 5 year violinist having played amazing songs such as music from Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of the Caribbean(full soundtrack non-arranged), and parts of Pachabel's Winter; but when I was handed the sheet music for Mozart's Requiem I was blown away. Before being handed this piece I had never seen it before in my life. Never heard of it, nor had heard it. Looking through it my gaze lingered on the difficulty of Dies Irae and Domine Jesu, cursing myself for getting into this. Though over about 3 months of practicing this, I have grown to appreciate it greatly... except Dies Irae... I hate that movement.

 

My school Philharmonic Orchestra, 4 members of the Atlanta Symphony Opera, 3 different school Choruses, and one other school's Orchestra are putting on a fairly large performance for said piece this November, and it is a greatly moving opportunity.

 

I just want to see what people think about this, and maybe get some advice for performing in front of ~3000 people and on television.

 

Thanks!

Cameron

Just curious which violin part are you playing ? Violins 1 or Violins 2 ? I went through a similar experience. When I first joined an orchestra I was blown away by the sheet music they put in front of me. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mahler, Ravel, etc.  At first it blew me away. I couldn't keep up with the orchestra, read the music and watch the conductor at the same time. For a while I was lucky if I could play a note here or there. And thats exactly what the conductor told me to do. He said, "stick with it and try, even if you can only play a couple notes or an occasional measure... eventually you'll be playing the whole thing". He was right. eventually it all started to kick in. Not onl;y was I able to play it but it was a learning process which improved my playing skills for other types of music as well as classical pieces.

From what you re saying here you seem to have the right attitude and approach. keep up with it. I am sure you'll make out fine. Plus its a very rewarding experience.

 

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Let me start off by saying that I just had the concert this past Thursday, and it was amazing. 

 

In answer to your question, I played both the 1st and 2nd Violin parts. I started off on the 2nd violin, I was playing 2nd chair for the 2nd Violins, then a few people had to drop out due to other classes and such, so I was moved to 4th chair 1st violin. Overall though, Requiem is not the worst song in the world to play. From experiance I can say that both Fiddler on the Roof and themes from Phantom of the Opera are both much more difficult arrangements. The issue with Requiem is how the rhythms are written, and just the general nature of Baroque, or in this case similar to Baroque, Music.

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Congratulations Cameron.  Did anyone get it on video?  

 

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In all honesty we are trying to figure that out ourselves. We know that the county TV station recorded it, and one of the Orchestra Directors from another school has the audio recorded, but that's all I know so far.

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Actually I just found the Audio recording of it, thanks to an email by one of my friends that I had ignored xD, so you guys can download it from this link "Rightclick->save link as", and review it!

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No link here.dunno

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Apparantly either I forgot it, or it messed... idk, but here it is

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49565211/GraysonHSMusic/Requiem/concert/Req-Full-Concert.mp3

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