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Posted by Dave Yates on August 24, 2001 at 12:28:43:

I have an upcoming String Bass audition for a community-based orchestra
and could use some sage advice.
After speaking with the Director on the phone, he wants to hear me play
excerpts from:
1) Mozart Sym # 41
2) Beethoven Sym # 5
3) Verdi "Othello" excerpt from Act 4
4) a solo of my own choice
I have the usual books with the excerpts and pretty much can guess what he
wants to hear, none of which I can play up to speed at this point, though
I'm getting close with the Beethoven.
I have about 4 weeks to prepare.
I really need advice/opinions on how one should approach preparing each of
these excerpts.
Truth be told, I've never heard the Verdi and don't have any
decent idea of how it is supposed to be played.
Also, I really don't know what to pick for a solo piece, but with my current
ability level and limited time will probably go with some sort of Simandl Etude
or something similar.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or opinions offered.

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