3/31/2003: I am going to be auditioning for a graduate
program in orchestral conducting. One of the required segments that I
have to conduct the orchestra is The Glorification of the Chosen
Onefrom Igor Stravinskys The Rite of Spring (rehearsal
numbers 104 to 121). Stravinsky's meter changes with just about every
measure. This normally does not concern me, but the fact that it goes
from meters with an eighth-note base to meters with a quarter-note base
confuses me immensely. I know conducting in eighth notes would probably
be easiest mathematically, but physically it will be challenging for both
my arm and for the poor performers reading this terribly difficult, but
incredibly amazing, piece. Do you conduct this segment in eighth-notes,
quarter-notes, or do you alternate?
I would beat this in quarters and dotted quarters as follows:
There is one exception: In the third measure of #116, molto allargando, beat 5 eighth-notes slightly faster than the speed of the previous quarter-note. Then, in the next measure, a tempo.
You need to practice this in your head and with your hands until it is memorized and natural. This is difficult music technically. It is like Rachmaninoffs Third for a pianist and, similarly, it requires a long period of hard practice. (By the way, for me, the hardest part comes later, with the Danse Sacrale.)
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