Saturday, December 06, 2008

YouTube Symphony Orchestra

YouTube has finally crossed over from the realm of fringe "home-made" videos and clips of eighties tv shows into a legitimate artistic endeavor.  They have partnered with composer Tan Dun, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and Carnegie Hall to create a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young musicians. 

You have until January 29, 2009 to submit your video performance.  For all of you college students working on your auditions for Tanglewood, NRO, etc., here is other great audition opportunity.  If you are chosen, you will get the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in April 2009.  

To audition, it appears that you must submit two videos.  The first video is of you performing a piece written by Tan Dun.  The second video is of you performing one or two pieces from the standard orchestral reportoire.  They have a list of recommended pieces for each instrument.  For more complete information, please visit YouTube Symphony Orchestra.  

I have looked over the pdf files of the trombone, bass trombone and tuba parts to Tan Dun's Internet Symphony No. 1 "Eroica".  They appear to not be overly challenging, with the exception of the last few measures.  All three trombones have glissandos starting on a high b natural.  The bass trombone is required to gliss from a high b to a low b in the staff.  Not impossible, but a bit awkward to have to perform a two-octave glissando.  YouTube provides videos of Tan Dun conducting to assist you. 

Video With Sound

Video Without Sound

Finally, here is a video of Tan Dun conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording session of Internet Symphony No. 1 "Eroica".  Good Luck!

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