April 14, 2021 Homework Arioso

Four more weeks until our concert! We have some exciting music to learn and polish in these weeks!

Here are the new Arioso seating charts for the new music! Be sure to check both since we are moving many of you around.


G, A, D, C – 3 octaves for violin
Ab, Bb, Eb, E, F – 2 octaves for violin

C, D, F, G – 3 octaves for viola/cello
Eb, E, Ab, A, Bb – 2 octaves for viola/cello

*Make sure to bring your Habits of a Successful String Musician book every week!*

Homework for this week:
Click the titles below to listen!


Menken/Kazik – Music from Walt Disney Pictures’ Enchanted
Here is the YouTube clip “That’s How You Know” that we talked about having you watch! Enjoy!
*NEW from Mrs. Foltz this week (4/14/21):

In particular, practice mm. 37-68; listen to the recording, and be able to hum through your part (including through the transitions into different sections)
mm. 72 & 92, be sure to play directly on beat 3 (not sooner); sections which have a rest on beat 2, be sure to observe the quarter note in full
Word of the week: “DYNAMICS”
Work for effective dynamic contrasts [remember how cool it was to hear the crescendo in mm. 65-66 and 67-68 :-D].


Soon Hee Newbold – Orion and the Scorpion
Review mm. 1-191. Use a metronome in your practice. Rhythm is very important in this piece.
*Consider putting the metronome on and counting your music aloud (rather than playing it). There are some very tricky rhythms. Try to understand them and play them well!
NEW: Learn mm. 192 to end
*Listen to the recording and air bow and finger allow with the recording (as we did in class today). This will help you understand the counting for later when play it!



Borodin/Monday – Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 4
*NEW from Mrs. Foltz this week (4/14/21):

VI/VII/VLA: Very fine work as an ensemble on the 16th-note passage, mm. 10-12. Continue to refine any trouble spots
Be absolutely sure that you know what the transition into m. 39 should sound like. If we get “off” in mm. 35-38, m. 39 is the place to get back together. The same applies for m. 109 and the pickup to m. 109.
That being said…let’s become so familiar with the passage at mm. 35-39 that playing it is like walking and chewing gum (you don’t have to think so much about it). But…we will still think. 🙂
WRITE IN THE COUNTING for mm. 15-17, mm. 35-38, and mm. 106-108. Know exactly on which beats you play.
In the video, study (look at in detail, then listen to) all of the parts mm. 15-17 (starting at 23 seconds)
mm. 35-38 (starting at 55 seconds)
mm. 106-108 (starting at 2:55 in the video)
Look how the composer orchestrates increasing intensity and dynamic level at mm. 156 (4:19 in the video). Isn’t that neat?!
Listen and compare these recordings of Borodin’s Symphony No. 2: Mvt. IV 😀
https://youtu.be/Jd-0noK0F-o  What do you think about this tempo?? 🙂 How is the arrangement we are playing different? Similar?
Which recording did you like better? Why?


Williams/Custer – John Williams Trilogy
Review mm. 35 to end (“Theme from Jurassic Park” and “Raider’s March”). Learn these measures really well!

NEW! Learn mm. 1 to 34 (“Star Wars”).

Since the recording above cuts out and doesn’t include the entire piece, here is a YouTube video that does include the whole piece:
Junior Orchestra of Montreal


Theory homework:
Arioso A: off week
Arioso B: off week
Arioso C: off week
Arioso D: off week


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