Sightreading Eclipse

Not to start off on a tangent, but apparently according to Blogger “sightreading” is not a word. So I Googled it, and indeed it should be written as two separate words. As confirmed by Wikipedia.

As a lazy musician, I refuse to accept this and will continue to write the word as “sightreading.”

Speaking of sightreading, my high school band sightread my newest piece for concert band, Eclipse. As she has been every year, my band director was helpful and generous in the fact that she lent her rehearsal time to me for this opportunity and that she took the time to learn the score to conduct the piece. She also encouraged the band members to write constructive comments on their parts so that I could see what they thought about the piece.

Overall, the reaction was positive. This was my first big trial with minor, fast paced pieces, and with that in mind I think it was fairly well-received. As always, I learned technical things regarding different instruments that I had not known before.

Now, with all the constructive criticism that I have collected, I plan to revise the piece soon. Unlike my previous pieces for concert band where I wrote them and forgot about them, I plan to actually revise this piece to its fullest potential.

Oh, and just in case she reads this, I’d like to end by giving a big thank you to my band director.

Double Reed Day

Last weekend, I had the experience of participating on SUNY Fredonia’s Double Reed Day. As a bassoonist, it was an enjoyable day at Fredonia’s campus. Not only did I get to visit a fine music college, but I got to play in ensembles that are quite difficult to come by. As this event was specifically geared toward high/middle school double reed players, we got a chance to see things that we usually do not see in other music events, such as reed making classes. As a bassoonist who thoroughly enjoys making reeds, the new information gathered during the session was valuable and interesting. I particularly enjoyed being able to play a piece by Carl Maria von Weber in a bassoon quartet. The college students who worked with us throughout the day were friendly and approachable as well.

The master class was a good experience, but it made me realize a few things. It showed how fortunate I was to be living in a town where the arts and music are so well fostered, with so many talented mentors to guide and teach the younger generation their skills. It was quite evident that not everyone who came to this event had the same benefit.

I made some new friends, met some old ones, and overall had a fun day. What more could I ask?

Eclipse

That’s right, a new piece is complete. At first, the inspiration was slow to come. But when it did, I knew it was a keeper. After a few dedicated weekends, I have presented my brand new piece, Eclipse, to my band director for our school concert band to sightread.

The piece in itself, I personally believe, is one of my best works so far. Comparing it to my previous works for concert band, my improvement and growth is glaringly evident. Also, I like this piece a lot better than many of my other pieces.

Hopefully, when we sightread it, my fellow bandmates will like it as well. And while I’m at it, I’ll say I wish we could even perform it! But who am I kidding, right? I’ve got years ahead of me before my work is to be performed on stage.

I’m just happy that I finished it. Another piece to my repertoire!