Chamber Music

Music 3701
The Performance of Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet with Double Bass

Offered fall 2018
James Spinazzola, coach (jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu)
2 credits

This coached chamber music course emphasizes rehearsal skills, leadership, and collaborative methods; familiarization with the repertory; musical analysis through performance; and developing a historically informed, musically unified, interpretation.
 
Students meet weekly for three one-hour sessions: twice with the instructor, and once alone. (Meeting times will be determined at the outset of the semester.) They also participate in masterclasses with guest artists and/or Music Department faculty. These classes will present general topics, concepts specific to performance practice, and traditional performance-based instruction. The course includes two performances featuring music prepared throughout the semester.
 
Enrollment is limited to nine players: pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns; and double bass. Admission is by permission only, and auditions will be held during the first two days of the fall semester.  Students are strongly encouraged to supplement the course with individual instruction on their instrument. 
 
Auditions
Please prepare the following excerpts for your ten-minute audition.  You will also be asked to play a few major scales (however you practice scales is fine), and brief a brief sightreading excerpt.  Auditions will be held on August 23 and 24 (the first two days of classes).  A sign-up sheet will be posted on August 20 outside Lincoln Hall 237.  Please contact James Spinazzola (jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu) if you have any questions.
 
 
Performance dates
 
Saturday, September 29, 3pm, Bailey Hall
W.A. Mozart, Serenade in E-flat, K. 375
 
Thursday, November 29, 8pm, Klarman Hall Auditorium
W.A. Mozart/arr. Spinazzola, Bastien et Bastienne
Additional works TBA
 

Our Mission

CU Winds unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.