Posted by Charles D. Ortega on January 17, 1999 at 19:28:44:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Berlioz posted by TUBAdAMORE on January 16, 1999 at 01:02:22:
YES! Overture to Le Corsair does have a tuba part. There are a couple of reasons why this part is hard and sometimes asked at auditions.
First, this piece goes to a high A-flat. That, in and of itself, can be a challenge.
However, compounding this, is the style that one must play this piece. This piece can't be bulldozed. You have to play it with a strong grasp of the style of Berlioz. Light but strong.
If you look at the part, there are two places that can be a problem. First, at reh. #5, for 9 bars. It is FF, so it should be strong, but light enough to not sound so gruff.
Also, reh. #12 - #13. Pay attention to the markings, and right at #13 there is a decrescendo down to a PP. That comes on a high high A-flat, G, F, E-natural. Not easy.
I have heard that you can take these high parts down if needed, but if you are looking at playing this at an audition, you want to play it where it is written.
These excerpts were on the list for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra audition last September. Good luck with it, and remember to listen to recordings.