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Clarinet Lessons: Shostakovich - Symphony #9, 3rd Movement

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In the Shostakovich #9, 3rd Movement,
we start the movement with
a very nice clarinet solo.
Said Presto, which in his score
is marked between 126 for
the third quarter so it's [SOUND].
Now it seems like it's a hard thing which
it is, but actually when it gets slower,
it becomes worse because there are very
few places to breathe, so actually in
a way you might end up being beneficial
that is actually moves that quickly.
Now, it says piano in the solo.
But, the most important thing that you
need to have is that scherzo feeling.
So, what I would say is try to make
sure that the articulation is perky,
and we are also, while steady,
we still can phrase it.
The two things that I try to do in
order to keep myself from rushing are,
to phrase the 16th note passage
I will do a little crescendo toward
the second beat.
That way, it helps me from going,
[SOUND] but [SOUND].
So, in slow motion, it goes like this.
So that way when I process it like
this in an exaggerated manner, so
that when we go very fast, it actually
helps me to have a nice little flow.
And then because I am actually having to
play through the notes then
it helps me not to rush.
Now the other important thing to do in
here is that you have to really try to get
that super crescendo to the G flat, and
maintain that forte for the whole measure.
So that way the one measure before A in
the legato becomes very effective.
[SOUND] and then therefore it has
a more playful quality to the solo.
If you'd like to submit this Shosatkovitch
excerpt, here's what I'm looking for.
Steadiness, clear articulation,
and big dynamic changes.
Try not to rush and
keep the scherzo feeling.
Before you submit your video,
make sure to watch the other
video exchanges on this excerpt.
And see what I have told
the other students.
When you have done this, submit yours.
I'll take a look and
give you some feedback.