The purpose of this collection is to provide the performer with a context for the study of orchestral excerpts. We are most often confined to preparing this material without reference to the full musical content of the composers creation. When undertaking the study of orchestral excerpts, it is advisable to listen to a number of recorded performances to form a basis for ones approach to a given excerpt and, whenever possible, it is useful to have a full score, as well. A qualified coach is also an asset when finalizing preparation. Tempo and metronome markings are those indicated by the composer, where available. Other markings are editorial and are suggested by common performance practices. As will become apparent, there will be variances by different performers. Choose carefully and decide on an informed and convincing presentation which best represents your insights into the music.
- Vincent Cichowicz, 2005