Orchestral Excerpts

Semester I
Beethoven Egmont Overture, Leonore Calls No. 2 and 3
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade)
Respighi Roman Festivals (off-stage)
Rossini William Tell Overture
Stravinsky Petrushka (ballerina’s dance)

Semester II
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (octave lower)
Copland An Outdoor Overture, Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin An American in Paris, Piano Concerto in F
Prokofiev Lt. Kije
Stravinsky Petrushka (ballerina’s dance)
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, 1812 Overture, Marche Slave, Nutcracker (Le Chocalate) , Swan Lake (Neopolitan Dance)

Semesters III and IV
Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5
Debussy Fetes
Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dvorak Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9
Franck Symphony in d minor
Handel Messiah
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
Ravel Bolero (trumpet I in C), Piano Concerto
Respighi Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome (off-stage solo)
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Overture
Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5
Sibelius Finlandia
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet
Verdi Requiem (off-stage)

Semesters V and VI
Debussy La Mer
Handel Messiah
Mahler Symphonies Nos. 3 (off-stage) and 5 (opening solos)
Ravel Daphnis et Chloe
Rimsky-Korsakov Le Coq d’Or, Scherezade
Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy
Shostakovitch Piano Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2
Stravinsky Firebird, Petrushka
Tchaikovsky Symphonies No. 5 and 6
Wagner Parsifal Prelude

Semesters VII and VIII
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Handel Royal Fireworks Music, Water Music
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Samuel and Schmuyle)
Ravel Rhapsodie espagnol
Strauss tone poems
Stravinsky Petrushka (ending), L’Histoire du Soldat, Rite of Spring

Semesters IX and X:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, B minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat
Mahler Symphonies
Ravel Bolero (D trumpet)
Wagner music dramas

Importance of Studying Orchestral Excerpts:

1) It is a wonderful opportunity to play trumpet music written by major composers, most of whom did not write solos for the trumpet.
2) The discipline required to play orchestral excerpts extremely well is the same discipline required to play any music really well.
3) Orchestras perform in large, resonant halls with a lot of reverb. It is therefore necessary to play with great clarity.
Clarity is important to any ensemble, and clarity makes your playing sparkle.
4) Orchestral music is one on a part — each player is a soloist.
5) There are a fair number of orchestras around, and they generally pay you to play with them!
6) Recordings of professionals playing this music are readily available so you can hear how the music should REALLY sound.
7) Transposition teaches mental discipline and makes reading music that doesn’t require transposing that much easier.
8) Band directors must transpose all the time when they read scores and talk to students about their parts.
9) When you transpose while you are playing, the transposition must be done in real time.
Any hesitancy in thinking results in missed notes or a hitch in the rhythm.