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Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5

 
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Bodie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 Reply with quote

I might have the opportunity to play serpent for Mendelssohn's 5th Symphony on a concert in February. Have any of you played serpent on this piece? I would appreciate any advice or thoughts on it.
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Bodie
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J.c. Sherman



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've played it, but used ophicleide at the time. It's important to note that you are a member of the woodwinds in this piece, not the brass. Sit with the bassoons, and work with them closely in pitch and support. And the part moves a bit, in D, so make sure your F#s and C#s are fluid.

Blend, blend, blend!
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Bodie



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turns out the director wanted me on trombone rather than serpent and had the tubist play the part. Didn't blend too well with the woodwinds. Oh well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: This winter I did get an opportunity to perform this work on Serpent. Actually, it works much better on the serpent than on the ophicleide. It is, however, a bit awkward being in D major (and my serpent being in C). When I asked Doug Yeo for guidance, he noted "it's a lot easier on a serpent in D".

I'll bet!
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