Band Camp Report – 2012
It’s good to see old friends, and make some new ones. And see some very old friends for the first time in, oh, 15-20 years…
Aaaanyway. On with the music.
Arrive, unload, drink coffee, natter, eat, and then start the musical week off with a big orchestral session:
- Mendelssohn’s overture “Fair Melusine”
- Beethoven’s 4th Symphony
- Purcell – Trumpet overture
- Pachelbel – Kanon & Gigue
- Mozart – Divertimento K138
- Mendelssohn – String Symphony 1
- Latann – Herz & Herz
Big massed cello session, including the (in)famous Bachananas Brasilieras and various other lollipops.
Round the day off with a string quintet session – Dvorak & Onslow op 38. The latter is definitely a double-cello (or double-viola) quintet, rather than a bass quintet. It is named “the bullet”, and the later movements are called things like “fever” and “recuperation”. Apparently, Georges Onslow wrote the quintet when he was recovering from a shooting accident…
Another day, another string orchestra:
- Purcell – “The Married Beau”
- C Forster – Suite in G. This is reckoned to be one of the earliest string quartets, Forster having been a contemporary of JSB.
- Purcell – trumpet sonata
- Mendelssohn – String Symphony 2
- Bratton – The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (quartet arrangement)
Then a mixed group:
- Stanford Serenade in G op 95 – string quartet + bass, flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon.
- Martinu Nonet – same personnel as the Spohr Grand Nonet (one of each string, one of each wind)
Finally (for me) some big orchestral stuff again:
- Haydn – Symphony 88
- Mozart – Aria – “Per Questa Bella Mano”, K612 (orchestra, bass voice, double bass obligato)
- Schubert – Symphony 5
The traditional “day of rest” – give the wind players a chance to get their lips back in shape. However, there was a big orchestral session in the evening, two pieces of which I’ve never heard:
- Schumann – Overture, Scherzo, Finale, op 52
- Bizet – Symphony in C
Lots of string orchestra work:
- Ireland – A Downland Suite
- R*tter – A Suite for Strings (apparently just a re-arrangement of the suite for brass…)
- Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- J S Bach – Four Pieces from Suite 3
- Grainger – Molly On The Shore (another expanded quartet thing)
- Marsh – a couple of things written by one of our number…
And some other stuff:
- Dubois – Dixtuor – A new one for me. Can’t remember anything particularly challenging for the bass-player.
- Beethoven – Septet – five of the seven players are from my family.
A free evening. How did that happen? How was that allowed to happen? I’ll have words with Da Management!
Lots more string orchestra stuff:
- Albinoni – Concerto a cinque in D
- Ireland – Concertino Pastorale
- Elgar – Serenade op 20
- Mozart Divertimento K136
- Finzi – Prelude and Romance
Some big(ish) ensemble pieces involving piano:
- Glinka – Piano Sextet (piano, string quartet, bass)
- Saint-Saens – Septet (as Glinka + trumpet)
Both of these appear to be fairly heavy going for the poor pianist, but very approachable for the rest of us!
Full(ish) Orchestra in the evening:
- Haydn Symphony 22 – “The Philosopher”. Unusual, in that it’s full strings, two horns, and two cors anglais
- Mozart – Horn Concerto #2 in Eflat. Directed by the soloist…
- Mozart – Symphony 29. There was a problem with the parts, so the first horn (whose part was missing, but who had a part for Haydn 45) had to stand and read over the conductor’s shoulder.
Friday – the final reckoning
And so here we are, the end of the week. Just a few things before we go home on Saturday, starting with a Baroque & roll session:
- JS Bach – Suite in B minor
- Telemann – Viola Concerto
- JSB – Brandenburg 4
The Schubert Octet rounded off the morning very nicely.
The afternoon started off with Strauss’s Metamorphosen – the full 23-parter, rather than the septet reduction (or is the septet the original, and the 23 part job an expansion?) Glad I was first bass – the second part is nowhere near as busy, and the third bass has a *huge* amount of counting to do.
More orchestral stuff followed:
- Mozart – overture “Marriage of Figaro” (insert viola joke here)
- Bruch – Concerto for Clarinet & Viola – a new one to me. Very enjoyable.
- Arriaga – Symphony in D. We’re beginning to get tired…
Finally ending the day with a brace of nonets:
- Spohr – Grand Nonet – the daddy of ‘em all
- Farrenc – Nonet – very easy-going and light-hearted. A good end to the week.
I’m going to have to get the cello overhauled soon, and start working on that, as I enjoyed the hour or two I spent playing it this year.
I’ve also identified some potential “Practice Notes” posts to write about a few of the works I’ve looked at this week. Don’t rush me, because I’ve also got to play Rosenkavalier over the next couple of weekends, and I need to have a look at the part and get the cuts in first… I may be some time.