Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Adult Chamber Music

Adult Chamber Music followed the Adult Band Camp.

I was responsible for two small string orchestras, a small wind ensemble, and about 25 chamber groups, each consisting of two to six players. Oh, and every group had new repertoire every day... so there was a LOT of music flying around!

This week was different in that I didn't have to stay for rehearsals, and that I was expected to work the reference desk. I began every day at 8am, delivering music to the two string orchestras and the wind ensemble, and then I would work the reference desk for an hour. After those rehearsals ended, I would go back to pick up that same music.

When I returned to the library, I would spend the next hour or two working in the back, preparing music for the larger ensembles for the next day or putting away music from ABC the week before. At this point, the participants were in rehearsals with their small chamber groups.

After lunch, the list of repertoire for the next day's small chamber groups was available. I would spend the next hour pulling those pieces and solving problems. The most common was when a piece, such as a Haydn quartet, was checked out, so I had to find another edition of the work that was available. In some cases, this wasn't possible and a new piece had to be assigned.

I stayed in the library until close (7pm) every day, alternating between working in the back and at the reference desk.

There was a TON of music read and performed during this week so it's impossible to provide a full repertoire list, but I can give a sampling. String quartets played lots of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Winds played repertoire staples like the Mozart Serenade, Gounod Petite Symphonie, and Beethoven Octet. Winds and strings combined for readings of the Beethoven Septet and Bach Brandenburg No. 2.

Fortunately, we had multiple copies of the most popular pieces. For example, these are all Beethoven quartet books:
The Enso String Quartet, the Mauchley Duo, and other faculty members performed recitals every night. The faculty held daily master classes and pedagogy classes, in addition to coaching small ensembles, so the participants were able to spend a lot of time learning from them. It was a great week :)

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