Music Spotlight: Rhapsody by Willson Osborne

One of the great unaccompanied clarinet solos is Rhapsody by Willson Osborne. The difficulty is rated medium to medium difficult (grade 4-5), and is definitely approachable by a high school player. Osborne keeps the music very interesting and there is plenty of opportunity for expressive and technical playing.

The Rhapsody is very enjoyable to play and listen to. At only 4 1/2 minutes in length, it works well as a recital piece and it is a good audition piece as well. It is written for the B-flat clarinet.

I’m going to talk through the piece in detail, giving some advice on how to approach some of the tricky spots.  If you don’t already own this piece, you will have difficulty following what I am talking about in the analysis. Make sure you have your music handy for full understanding! If you don’t yet own a copy, you can click on the link below and purchase it.

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Rhapsody For Clarinet
Composed by Willson Osborne. For Bb clarinet (unaccompanied). 20th Century. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Clarinet solo single. 4 pages. Duration 4.5 minutes. Edition Peters #EP6006. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P06006).

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Preparing for an Audition

Auditions

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face-sad-sweating-300pxDoes this word scream “opportunity” to you? Or does it signify a time of fear and a few moments of sheer terror? Does the word excite you or make you sweat?

If you have ever prepared for an audition for anything, you know how terrifying it can be. Whether it’s for a chair audition in your school band or orchestra, or a higher stakes audition to get into a certain college or to advance in a competition, or even make it into a symphony orchestra, auditions are a big deal.

The good news is that auditions don’t have to be scary! In fact, with the right preparation, they can be a satisfying experience, even if you don’t make it to the number one spot.

Experience

The more experience you have doing something, the more comfortable you tend to be with the process.  Continue reading “Preparing for an Audition”