Every spring, we look forward to our Spring Festival group performance, which always highlights our students’ work both as individuals and in their group classes throughout the school year. This year, one of the supplemental pieces we will be preparing for the Spring Festival on April 21 is “Spring” (Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera”) from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Like all concertos, the four concertos that make up Vivaldi’s Four Seasons were composed for a solo instrument – in this case violin – and orchestra. The arrangement we are using allows for us to play this piece with a group of 1st violins, a group of 2nd violins, a group of violas, and a cello. However, certain parts still require a soloist. Would you be interested in auditioning for a solo?
Well, if you’re a Book 4+ student, we invite you to audition for the two solos in the 2nd violin part. And if you’re a Book 5+ student, you’re invited to audition for the four solos in the 1st violin part (you may also audition for the two solos from the 2nd violin part). The audition winners will only be assigned one of the solos for the performance, so six different students will have the opportunity to play solos. However, in order to be considered your audition submission must contain both solo excerpts if you are auditioning for 2nd violin, and all four solo excerpts if you are auditioning for 1st violin. Audition winners must also be able to regularly attend Ensemble rehearsals from 8:00-8:50 on Tuesday evenings throughout the semester.
In order to help you prepare, we are providing marked parts, as well as time stamps for a recording for you to listen to.
Violin 1 solo #1 / Violin 2 solo #1 (m. 13-27) @ 0:29
Violin 1 solo #2 (m. 47-55) @ 1:42
Violin 1 solo #3 / Violin 2 solo #2 (m. 59-65) @ 2:08
Violin 1 solo #4 (m. 71-75) @ 2:33
Performances will be judged on the following criteria:
- Adherence to the marked bowings and fingerings
- Technique (posture, bow hold, shifting, vibrato as appropriate, etc.)
- Musicality (dynamics, phrasing, musical sensitivity)
Please submit your video recording of your audition to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9:00 p.m on Saturday, February 24. This gives you one month to prepare! Please ask your teacher if you have any questions. Happy practicing!