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« on: Apr 24, 2006, 07:40AM »

I'm trying to gear up for a fall audition to the local symphony, and I want to provide pieces for both tenor and alto.  

I've got my tenor stuff all picked out, and I'm working on it, but I'm at a loss for alto stuff.

I have the Rochut book 1, and was thinking of using one of those as part of my "alto audition" but I'd also like a solo of some sort.

Suggestions of what I should buy?
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 24, 2006, 08:03AM »

Hi Precious,

I recommend the Albrechtsberger concerto.  If you'd like to listen to it before you buy, there's a fine performance by Alain Trudel on his "Trombone Concertos" CD on Naxos.  To hear a sample, click on http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000060CU/sr=1-3/qid=1145890716/ref=sr_1_3/102-0629840-6142521?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=music.  The first three tracks are the samples of the Albrechtsberger concerto.  The sheet music is pretty easy to find online -- last time I checked, Hickeys had it in stock.

I fell in love with this work when I was a sophomore in high school and heard a broadcast performance of it by Allen Chase, the trombone professor at the University of Wisconsin.  I worked up the technique to play it by the time I was a high-school senior and performed it on my 88H.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 24, 2006, 08:25AM »

Bob Kiehle compiled a nice list of alto literature here. I second the Albrechtsberger and would also recommend the Wagenseil.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 24, 2006, 08:34AM »

And a third -
Wagensiel and Albrechtsberger are the two standard alto solos for auditions.
For Excerpts:
Schumann 3rd Symphony
Mozart Requiem (1st tbn)
Haydn Creation (1st tbn)

Some other fun alto stuff:
 - Alteba Trio - by Hidas - for alto, tenor and bass tbns.
 - Suite for alto trombone and string 4-tet - by Corado Saglietti
 - Mozart horn concerti (the ones in Eb) fit quite nicely on alto
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 24, 2006, 12:22PM »

You may also want to take a look that the oboe concerti of Tomaso Albinoni. These pieces lie rather well on the alto one you take them down an octave and put them in alto clef. Mark Lawrence has transcribed one, I believe it is the Concerto in B Flat, and it is currently commercially available. I have found many of the other Concerti to be among my favorites,  however, the Lawrence transcription is a great place to begin.

Best of luck on your audition!

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 24, 2006, 07:34PM »

I like the Mozart Horn concerti #2, 3, and 4 (don't remember the Köchel numbers for them.

I also played a movement from Haydn Concerto #2 arranged for Horn and Band on my Alto with the Hollis Band.

There is also a Lepold Mozart concerto that is 3 movements extracted from a Divertimento.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 26, 2006, 07:39AM »

This is going to sound weird, but why are you going to bring an alto to an audition?  Moreover, why would you play the Albrechtsberger Concerto?  You’ll NEVER have to play that kind of lit while actually sitting in the orchestra, so it seems odd to audition with it.  I’d say that if you absolutely had to play alto for the audition, some standard (and non standard) alto excerpts might be more appropriate.  After all, we don’t ever get to play alto as a classical soloist whilst actually sitting in the section!  Excerpts like the solo from Thomas’ Hamlet, Fux’s Antiphon from Alma redemptoris Mater, the Rhenish, Brahms 1, Beethoven 5…those are the kinds of things you’ll have to play in an orchestra.  NONE of them approaches the sound and techniques useful for the Albrechtsberger.  However, each of them is difficult and is a good gauge of one’s ability to play alto orchestrally.

Good luck,
Stan
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 26, 2006, 07:45PM »

Thanks for the suggestions...I'll let you know how it goes!
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