Wind Serenades on-line

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Spring 2021

Three outstanding on-line ensemble playing projects, helping us all to keep in practice and look forward to LIVE music-making again!

 

PLAY wonderful ensemble music with all the parts

ENJOY your playing on an inspiring YouTube video

 

 Applications for this project have now ended - thanks to everyone who has signed up! Watch this space for the final videos at Easter weekend.

 

Details of the project are below, for your interest

 

❊ LISTEN to the full versions before you apply
❊ PLAY to the full-version backing track with all parts
❊ EASY and quick application
❊ PLACES available for all! (See details and grade requirements)
❊ RECORD your part as an audio recording, free from the pressure of making a video
❊ ENJOY hearing your playing as part of an inspiring YouTube video with stunning images
❊ PHOTOGRAPH of you will be included in the player list on the video credits (optional)
❊ SHARE the video with all your family and friends at Easter!

 

Details below - scroll down by colour code:

 

Scottish islands / Mendelssohn Overture 'The Hebrides' (for advanced players) in BLUE text

Austrian Tyrol / Bruckner 'Kyrie' from Mass in E (for intermediate players) in GREEN text

Venice / Gabrieli 'Sonata Pian e Forte' (for elementary players) in PURPLE text

For ADVANCED players (above grade 8 - details below):

Mendelssohn: Overture 'The Hebrides'

set to a video with images of the Scottish west-coast islands

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The great classical masterpiece, in a special 17-part performing edition for woodwinds and horns, recreating the fast-changing moods of the climate on the Scottish western coast.

LISTEN to this wind version complete, in a high-spec playback with real instrument sampled sounds including full dynamics, phrasing and other expression. Headphones or larger speakers are recommended.

SAMPLE the parts in this version - there is a sample page from each part on this PDF (click red link below to open).

Mendelssohn Hebrides on line Jan21 sample pages

PARTS will be allocated and sent out on Wednesday 17th February. Any requests to play a particular part will be accommodated as far as possible, though it is of course important to cover all parts in the arrangement. You can play more than one part if you wish! You can also take part in one or both of the other pieces as well - the choice is yours.
PARTS for flutes, oboes, clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoons, contrabassoon and horns. This Mendelssohn piece will be all one-to-a-part on the final recording(s). (See 'Video' section below for details).

PLAY with the full ensemble - the backing track offers the full version (all parts), from fantastic high-specification software recreating the sounds and musical expression with astonishing quality and clarity. This is carefully mixed with a click-track for rhythmic precision, plus spoken cues giving rehearsal letters and prompts for speed changes and new sections. HEAR a sample of the backing track:

RECORD and send your part  Record your part as a WAV (preferably) or an MP3 audio file (no videos, please), and send via a download service - details will be supplied with your application confirmation. 

VIDEO  Your recording will be synchronised with all the other parts (all one-to-a-part for the Mendelssohn), and the assembled recording will become the soundtrack of a YouTube video. If there is more than one player recording the same part, separate video versions will be released - your recording will not be ‘doubled’ with anyone else, though you may end up on more than one video version! Videos of all the pieces are scheduled to be released publicly at Easter weekend. The images on the video will be a sequence of stunning photographs of the Scottish Hebridean islands in all their different moods, reflecting the range of expressions in this wonderful music. Your name - and your photo, if desired - will be included in the player credits on the video. 

BOOK NOW via PayPal
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Mendelssohn project:
£35 per part per player

Closing date is TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY

You can play more than one part (on different instruments, if you wish) at £35 per part. You can also take part in the Bruckner and Gabrieli projects, if you like! For multiple bookings, please make a separate PayPal payment per part or per booking.

For each booking via PayPal, please list the following details in the ‘Instructions to seller’ box:

  • Your instrument
  • The piece you wish to play on that instrument
  • Your playing level (advanced, intermediate or elementary)
  • Your preferred part (will be accommodated where possible)
  • Your age if under 18 (written permission by email from your parent or guardian is needed before you can go ahead with the project).

You will be sent a confirmation email - please allow 48 hours for this. On Wednesday 17th February parts will be allocated to all players, and you will receive your music, a link to the full backing track plus any additional details. You then have one month to practise and record your part(s) - your completed recording needs to be returned by Wednesday 17th March at the latest. 

For INTERMEDIATE players (grades 6-8 - details below):

Bruckner: Kyrie, from Mass in E

set to a video with images of the Austrian Tyrol

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This music was once described by a Bruckner expert as "a cathedral in music". The composer's glorious harmonies and melody line are faithfully reproduced in this flexible scoring version to create a wonderful ‘wind choir’ sound.

LISTEN to this wind version complete, in a high-spec playback with real instrument sampled sounds including full dynamics, phrasing and other expression. Headphones or larger speakers are recommended.

SAMPLE the parts in this version - there is a sample page from each part on this PDF (click red link below to open).

Bruckner Kyrie sample parts PDF

PARTS will be allocated and sent out on Wednesday 17th February. You can play more than one part if you wish! You can also take part in the Gabrieli piece as well - the choice is yours.
PARTS for flutes, oboes, oboe d'amore, cor anglais, clarinets in B flat or A, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenoroon (in F), mini-bassoon (in G), contrabassoon and horns in F. Parts will be doubled in this 'wind choir' arrangement.

PLAY with the full ensemble - the backing track offers the full version (all parts), from fantastic high-specification software recreating the sounds and musical expression with astonishing quality and clarity. This is carefully mixed with a click-track for rhythmic precision, plus spoken cues giving rehearsal letters and prompts for speed changes and new sections.

HEAR a sample of the backing track:

RECORD and send your part  Record your part as a WAV (preferably) or an MP3 audio file (no videos, please), and send via a download service - details will be supplied with your application confirmation. 

VIDEO  Your recording will be synchronised with all the other parts, and the assembled recording will become the soundtrack of a YouTube video. Videos of all the pieces are scheduled to be released publicly at Easter weekend. The images on the video will be a sequence of stunning photographs of the the Tyrol region of Bruckner's native Austria. Your name - and your photo, if desired - will be included in the player credits on the video.

BOOK NOW via PayPal
- see panel below

Bruckner project:
£25 per part per player

Closing date is TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY

You can play more than one part (on different instruments, if you wish) at £25 per part. You can also take part in the Gabrieli project, if you like! For multiple bookings, please make a separate PayPal payment per part or per booking.

For each booking via PayPal, please list the following details in the ‘Instructions to seller’ box:

  • Your instrument
  • The piece you wish to play on that instrument
  • Your playing level (advanced, intermediate or elementary)
  • Your preferred part (will be accommodated where possible)
  • Your age if under 18 (written permission by email from your parent or guardian is needed before you can go ahead with the project).

You will be sent a confirmation email - please allow 48 hours for this. On Wednesday 17th February parts will be allocated to all players, and you will receive your music, a link to the full backing track plus any additional details. You then have one month to practise and record your part(s) - your completed recording needs to be returned by Wednesday 17th March at the latest. 

For ELEMENTARY players (grades 3-5 - details below):

Giovanni Gabrieli: Sonata Pian e Forte

set to a video with images of Venice

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This legendary Venetian wind music (originally for brass instruments) was inspired by and performed in St Mark’s, featuring two ensembles on opposite sides recreating the magical antiphonal effect enjoyed by so many in the very special spacious acoustic of the Basilica. The title is also significant - ‘pian e forte’ refers to players alternating between a strong and a gentle sound during the same piece. What we call ‘dynamics’ is standard technique now, but was quite a new concept in the 17th century. 

LISTEN to this wind version complete, in a high-spec playback with real instrument sampled sounds including full dynamics, phrasing and other expression. Headphones or larger speakers are recommended.

SAMPLE the parts in this version - there is a sample page from each part on this PDF (click red link below to open).

Gabrieli Sonata Pian e Forte Jan 2021 sample pages PDF

PARTS will be allocated and sent out on Wednesday 17th February. You can play more than one part if you wish!
PARTS for flutes, oboes, clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenoroon (in F), mini-bassoon (in G),  contrabassoon and horns in F. Parts will be doubled in this 'wind choir' arrangement.

PLAY with the full ensemble - the backing track offers the full version (all parts), from fantastic high-specification software recreating the sounds and musical expression with astonishing quality and clarity. This is carefully mixed with a click-track for rhythmic precision, plus spoken cues giving rehearsal letters and prompts for speed changes and new sections. HEAR a sample of the backing track (this backing track has a different acoustic from the full version - this is for clarity of parts when you are playing. The final video soundtrack will recreate the special spacious acoustics for this music).

RECORD and send your part  Record your part as a WAV (preferably) or an MP3 audio file (no videos, please), and send via a download service - details will be supplied with your application confirmation. 

VIDEO  Your recording will be synchronised with all the other parts, and the assembled recording will become the soundtrack of a YouTube video. Videos of all the pieces are scheduled to be released publicly at Easter weekend. The images on the video will be a sequence of stunning photographs of Venice, where this music was first heard. Your name - and your photo, if desired - will be included in the player credits on the video.

BOOK NOW via PayPal
- see panel below

Gabrieli project:
£25 per part per player

Closing date is TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY

You can play more than one part (on different instruments, if you wish) at £25 per part. For multiple bookings, please make a separate PayPal payment per part.

For each booking via PayPal, please list the following details in the ‘Instructions to seller’ box:

  • Your instrument
  • The piece you wish to play on that instrument
  • Your playing level (advanced, intermediate or elementary)
  • Your preferred part (will be accommodated where possible)
  • Your age if under 18 (written permission by email from your parent or guardian is needed before you can go ahead with the project).

You will be sent a confirmation email - please allow 48 hours for this. On Wednesday 17th February parts will be allocated to all players, and you will receive your music, a link to the full backing track plus any additional details. You then have one month to practise and record your part(s) - your completed recording needs to be returned by Wednesday 17th March at the latest. 

PayPal button - quick and easy!

Book your place and pay instantly - then you can look forward to the playing, and to enjoying the music as an "audio film-star" on the YouTube soundtrack!

Select your piece from the drop-down menu, then click "Add to Cart"

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See Terms and Conditions (below)
The following details will also be needed (these can be sent as a reply to your booking confirmation email):

  • Your instrument
  • The piece you wish to play on that instrument
  • Your playing level (advanced, intermediate or elementary)
  • Your preferred part (will be accommodated where possible)
  • Your age if under 18 (written permission by email from your parent or guardian is needed before you can go ahead with the project).

 

Terms and Conditions

All PayPal applications are subject to these T&Cs. By applying via PayPal, you agree to the following:

Applications: Once your PayPal payment is received, you will receive confirmation of your place on your selected on-line project.

Young players: You must declare in the ‘Instruction to sellers’ box on the PayPal page if you are under 18. Under-18s may take part in an on-line project, subject to written (email) authorisation from your parent or guardian, which must include permission if you wish your name (and photograph, if required) to be included in the players’ credits list on the video.

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your place on an on-line project, your cancellation email must be sent on or before Sunday 21st March 2021. No refund will be given for any cancellation after this date.

Change of details: Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that each on-line project runs as planned, it may be necessary to change details without notice. In the event of a project being cancelled (with or without notice), liability is strictly limited to a full refund of the amount already paid by each individual applicant. Players make their applications on this basis.

Assessing your playing standard

It is very important that you assess your playing standard as accurately as possible.  Assessing playing standards is not (and cannot be) an exact science, and the grade systems established by the Associated Board (in the UK) and other examiners are at best an approximate guide.

Please use the guidelines below to help you make this assessment, remembering that the description and details are at least as important as the grade or qualification itself. You can also check the sample parts PDFs before you book - these are in the details for each piece, see above for links.

Elementary players: AB* grades 3-5
You need to be reasonably fluent and confident with fairly straightforward music in keys of up to three sharps or flats, and play reasonably well in tune with some dynamic contrast.

Intermediate players: AB* grades 6-8
Good fluency is needed in music which involves some technical challenges. Good tuning, tone production, dynamic range and articulation will be required.

Advanced players: Above AB* grade 8 / diploma level 1 or higher
Fluency in all keys is essential, as much of this music is technically and musically demanding. As well as excellent tuning, tone production, extreme dynamics, and a wide range of articulation speeds and characters, players will also need to be able to cope with occasional rhythmic and counting complexities.

* Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)