Sunday, 21 August 2011

The new season coming.

It's official; time to be overwhelmed. Season hasn't even started yet. That's not a good sign. Uh-oh.

I had a good look at the material for Orchestre Symphonique de L'Isle today, and realized how much work it will be playing for them this season. I am feeling confused about whether I should play with them this season, simply because of the material and amount of dedication.

The other group I play full-time in, Quebec Wind Ensemble; their material isn't nearly as difficult and time consuming. I like this because it means I can do other gigs, and not need to practice that material very often, and in some cases, ever. However, on another end, this has many downsides. It means that the material doesn't challenge me enough, and that I will not become technically proficient as fast as I would like to.

The first concert of OSI's does not have very hard material. Paul Dukas, Camille Saint Saens, Carl Maria von Weber, and Dvorak's ninth. I won't need to worry about the Dukas and Saint Saens, but Dvorak's ninth is a beast in some parts. I'm thinking that I'll do the first concert, and see if I want to do the Mahler, Tchaikovsky and the material afterwards.

Currently, my poor bass is in the shop. Usually, during season, I'm so busy that I can't bring it to the shop and have a check up. Fortunately, I have the time now, and it is at a luthier's getting seams repaired, an endpin switch (the one I received cracked after a few months, so it is being replaced for free), and I'm refining the length of my laborie endpin. I also need to get my bow rehaired, and have the fingerboard planed, but that will come in September. Hopefully, that will happen in September.

The last few bars of Dvorak's Ninth,
"New World Symphony".

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