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An Indispensible Guide for an Auditioning Orchestral Violinist

Magazine article Strings

An Indispensible Guide for an Auditioning Orchestral Violinist

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AN INDISPENSIBLE GUIDE FOR AN AUDITIONING ORCHESTRAL VIOLINIST Any question a player might have is addressed in these comprehensive volumes THE ORCHESTRAL VIOLINISTS COMPANION, VOLS. 1 & 2 by Martin Wulf horst. Bärenreiter, euro59.

Martin Wulfhorst has chosen a large canvas: a comprehensive guide to the art of playing the violin in a professional orchestra. He comes with illustrious credentials, serving as associate concertmaster of the Hamburg Symphony, a member of the Berlin Opera Orchestra, and on faculty at Colgate University, New York. A violin student of Emo Sebestyén, Masao Kawasaki, and Itzhak Perlman, and contributing editor to many Bärenreiter performing editions, Wulfhorst is well placed to enlighten players on the vast portfolio of orchestral playing.

While string training is indisputably in better hands than ever before, many violinists, in spite of a rigorous course of study, come relatively unprepared to an orchestral audition. Concertos under their belts they may have, but what of the nitty-gritty of orchestral life and skills?

In two generous volumes, Wulfhorst focuses on training the violinist for the job ahead, discussing how to practice and sight read, and introducing players to basicorchestral technique, bowing, and sound production. His survey encompasses the huge range of skills and knowledge required, as well as a familiarity with the core repertoire, the orchestral aspirant will need to know about ensemble playing, performance practice, command of complex rhythms, priorities, and strategies for coping with the rigors of life in an orchestra. …

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