Junior Oboe: Audition Solo 1A, Grazioso
- The marking "cantabile" means singing – so imagine you are singing when you play the solo.
- Pay attention to dynamics and articulations. Be sure mf is louder than mp, and f is the loudest of them all.
- Follow the ups and downs of the melody to make an interesting musical line.
- The E-flat in mm. 11 is a non-harmonic note in G major. That makes it especially interesting, so emphasize it with sound and vibrato.
- The staccato quarter notes should be longer than the staccato eighth notes.
Clinic Oboe: Audition Solo 2A, Andantino cantabile
- The marking "cantabile" means singing – so imagine you are singing when playing the solo.
- Pay particular attention to rhythm and subdivision of the beat; be sure you feel clearly the difference between the 8th, triplet and 16th notes. Practice with a metronome!
- The 6/8 section that starts in m. 9 should sound sprightly and light.
- Use vibrato and a slight lengthening of the notes to bring out the tenuto markings in measures 4, 32 and 33.
- You will need to use either the forked or left F (if your oboe has that key) in a number of places: measures 3, 10, 34 (ending a), and 36 (ending b).
Senior Oboe: Audition Solo 3A, Andante appassionato
- Start piano, and follow the contour of the line for melodic shape; in other words, get a little louder as the line goes up and softer as it goes down.
- Accelerate noticeably in measure 9, and keep the dynamic strong through measures 11 and 12.
- Giocoso means playful, so play with that in mind starting in measure 14. Pay lots of attention to the dynamic changes and accents.
- In the b ending, the eighth note value stays the same throughout. Start the 5/8 section in exactly the same tempo, and then get faster.
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