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Re: already started looking to concert season
I did Abracadabra 4 years ago, and I did not have any bassoons. I also, used only one oboe, and found ways for it to be covered. As long as the parts are being covered, there should not be an issue.
It was not written on the contest sheet but he came walking through the contest office when I was picking up my results and he said that to me in the hallway. We still got straight ones on stage but it was said to me.
I hope a UIL Judge didn't tell you this. Yes, in an ideal world all music would be played with proper instrumentation, but let's be realistic.
Sorry, I know this doesn't answer your question but myself and every judge I know would not say this so do what is best for your students to be successful.
Played Sinfonia IV a few years ago. I have to wait another year before I can do it again. Can you do Abracadabra without bassoons? I thought that was a "No-No" in Texas. I played a Ticheli piece last year and was told that Ticheli's music needs to be played with the proper full instrumentation.
Abracadabra and Sinfonia VI?
6 decent flutes, 1 area player
12 clarinets, (2 area kids)
2 bass clarinets (1 stud, the other enjoys band)
strong sax section top to bottom
7 trumpet (3 of which are trumpet holders)
solid low brass
weak tuba players (just plain lazy)
Very strong percussion
So...looking for a couple of grade 3's that can be performed with no horns or the horn parts can be easily covered.
Please help. Thanks