Last night Orchestra Toronto started its next session. On the program are the following:
Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
Jean Coulthard – Canada Mosaic, suite for orchestra
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Concerto for guitar and small orchestra
Astor Piazzolla – Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires
John Williams – Schindler’s List
Howard Shore – Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings
Leonard Bernstein – Selections from West Side Story
There’s not much for tuba. The full Canada Mosaic suite has some tuba, but we’re only playing 4 movements out of 7, with a sum total of 4 notes for tuba — well, that’s if you count that I play 4 low F’s in a row. Generally, a nice piece though.
The “selections” from West Side Story is a best-of/medley arrangement for full orchestra. Nothing like the Symphonic Dances arranged by Bernstein himself. I’ve got some stuff to play in this, but nothing terribly interesting (oom-pa-pa lines mostly). Trombones are having fun though.
The meat of the this concert for me will be the Lord of the Rings suite. Fun stuff. Even a bar soli with bassoons. So the trombones and I will meet next week at 6:30 and work on the LOTR. Which is good because we’ve got a new bass trombonist – again. Am I scaring them away or something??? This guy seems nice, and for a first run, I liked him. Big bell on his horn too. I’m looking forward to hearing that at full power.
I think I’m going to play my Eb for this concert — not counting the four low F’s in the Coulthard, there’s nothing taxing for Eb. There’s a chance that the LOTR will sound better on C – and it just happens that I brought my C yesterday by accident. Fully intended on the Eb. Oops.
And I learned something new — Howard Shore is Canadian. From Toronto. Nifty! Good music and “canadian content”.