Let’s begin by listening to our recording of the third movement of Ticheli’s Second Symphony.
Group A: Please answer one or more of the following questions, make your own comments, and/or add to comments previously posted.
- What does a “balanced” ensemble sound entail? How can this apply to the 3rd movement, particularly in the Bach chorale sections?
- How should we continue from this point? What are the first and most primary rehearsal considerations?
- Ticheli writes that the symphony’s three movements refer to celestial light: shooting stars, the moon, and the sun. We worked on the latter two movements on Thursday. Please describe the character of those movements, and what we must do musically to present a unified, compelling interpretation.
- What’s one thing you need to work on to play this movement well?
- Although the 2nd and 3rd movements present many challenges, they come together more quickly than, say, Roxburgh’s “Time’s Harvest.” What’s the difference? What about the latter piece made it so difficult to perform?