1) Working on a lot of excerpts for horn
3) About two weeks ago, I was contacted by a band that played Motown type music. They played other types like funk. I was contacted by the manager, Ann Wolf, who was a very dear and kind woman of 55 years of age who interviewed me by phone. We spoke for about a half an hour. They are a start-up band about 300 miles from where I am. We discussed the band and also my qualifications as a trumpet player and I explained that I was a classical musician who can learn quickly. It ended with a no go situation as I am a long way from the band and that I am classically oriented and would know only basics of the music they would play. I thanked her profusely for the consideration and I apologized that I was not in a position to fill their need for a trumpet player and that I was so far away. Now I wish I could find a classical position. It seems that non-classical groups seem to find me. Interesting....
The name of the band is "The Midnight Storm Band".
This morning, I was practicing horn, just playing along. I was attempting my first day trials of "Sigfried's Horn Call" by Wagner. I notice some new neighbors moving in and there was an older gentleman who was not helping. I kept focusing on the older man and finally he came over. As he came over and my horn came down from playing position, he says to me "It takes a lot of work to accomplish what you have accomplished." He is a music professor, has some orchestral experience, some conducting experience as well. he wants me to play with groups. I am not sure what this means, it is confusing to me. I am glad it happened and I understand the reasons behind it, but I am trying to understand the situation. (Situation spoken out and type by another person for blogging purposes).
Current mood:adoredFor the past few days, I have been troubled by Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Constant humming and figuring has rendered me to not use my speech. I have been trying to figure out my own ways of interpresting it to those of Leonard Bernstein and Maestro Jaarvi. I can see easily how Leonard Bernstein saw the piece. We played it in high school and my band director saw it the same way. But Maestro Jaarvi I can see it but seeing it in the score is interesting. I am almost there. I figured out Maestro Tilson and his way of interpeting. But I still am trying to see it. Now I shall see how Maestro Mravinsky views the music. Ah, I am having fun.
I am feeling better over practice. I try to think of a piece I have heard and today I thought of a Brahms Symphony. I started to play the solo horn part and did it for the most part. I lost it at the end. I did not prepare enough. But ok. First attempt. Then I got into practice. During my practice I was working on some parts of Mozarts Horn Concerti that I have neglected for a bit. But I accomplished, use that word lightly, those parts. So now it is just development. I have very little concentration on this right now, but I have not reviewed these parts so it is understandable. But as I was playing torward the end of my practice I notice a young bystander trying to look into my window. I waved when I got to a rest and then she waved back. I continued like there was no diversion and then she started to walk away talking to someone and said, "He is really good." I nearly choked. Don't know why. But I feel good that she said this. It made me feel good about my playing, my knowledge, my ability, my self, my practice ethic, and my high standards. I had to write it down because that little girl made my day even greater. This is why I love music because I can express music better than words. I think she is my next door neighbors granddaughter.
Current mood:confidentI have been contemplating some lessons for conducting to add to my experience. I have been practicing and having a little bit of trouble finding some music for my audition. I think I have a way of getting around the problem. Problems are easy to solve.
Practice is going good and it is getting easier. I am adding my own style to Mozart's Horn Concerti. I have found that in the Romanza sections, I am following the words of Yo-Yo Ma that I heard once. I am going to place of romance and playing just as a romance truly is. I have placed some intersting emphasis on some parts as it seems to me that in order to model and convey Romanza it has to be with such emphasis. I feel good about my thoughts and interpretations and it seem to work well.
Studying scores is very relaxing for me. I have been looking at Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. I really find parts where there are some problems with the interpretation that I have drawn, but I will work it out. Between some of my skills to listen to what I am humming and to the score seem to be my problem. If I think about it, it will come about. I like the fact that I am actually testing out my skill.
I love what I am doing and I am thinking about music theory obsessively and making things better. I just need to work on my ear training. Somehow, I think there is just a little trouble in my practice, yet I can do so outside of my practice. I just need to get it to be better.
I have been trying to strengthen my embrochure by playing trumpet. It is coming along and I am paying the same peices for horn. It gets tough, but I am doing it. I have not played trumpet for a very long time and it is proving to help me and be fun.