Type of Document Treatise Author Schoen, Theodore A. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11152004-162634 Title A Comparison of Performance Practice of Selected Clarinet Passages in Orchestral Auditions and Orchestral Performances Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Frank Kowalsky Committee Chair Eric Ohlsson Committee Member Patrick Meighan Committee Member Seth Beckman Committee Member Keywords
- Clarinet Excerpts
Date of Defense 2004-11-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractPerformance practice is an important part in the interpretation of any musical composition. In every performance situation there are elements of technique and style that are determined by various factors, including the work being performed, the size of the ensemble, and the nature and purpose of the performance. The context in which a musical work is performed can affect the overall presentation of that work. Performing as a member of an orchestra and taking an orchestral audition are two different contexts.
To conform to the standard set by an orchestra or conductor, individual musicians may have to alter their performance to achieve uniformity with the rest of the ensemble. Consequently, orchestra musicians may sacrifice their individuality, except possibly in extended solo passages, for the sake of a unified interpretation. This contrasts with the audition process used to secure a position in an orchestra.
The purpose of this research is to compare how the performance practice of certain clarinet excerpts prepared for an orchestra audition differs from that of the same passages performed in an orchestra.
Interviews of seven principal clarinetists from major American orchestras discussed the differences, if any, in the performance of selected clarinet orchestral excerpts in both the audition and orchestra context. In addition to the discussion of the excerpts, there are also sections devoted to the use of recordings, the use of personal orchestral parts, reeds and equipment, and general comments. The complete interviews are included in the appendices.
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