ILMEA Cello Audition Guide: Waltz of the Wicked
Welcome to part 3 of my District 1 Junior ILMEA cello audition guide! Today we’ll be learning some tips and tricks for the two excerpts from Mozier’s Waltz of the Wicked.
Grab your cello, music, and a pencil, and let’s get to it!
Here are some fingering options to get you started:
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Now let's get into the piece!
Slightly emphasize the first beat of each measure for the waltz (dance) feel. Bringing out the accents, glissandos, and dynamics will give the slightly off-kilter “wicked” feeling to these excerpts.
Since these excerpts move at a good clip (quarter note = 152 eventually) we need to start by practicing under tempo. Start with a metronome around quarter note = 50.
Once the whole excerpt is solid at that tempo, increase the speed 5 bpm and play it again.
Increase the speed in increments of 5 bpm until you reach your maximum tempo for that day.
Pick it up again the next day at 50, slowly increase the speed until you reach your maximum tempo again. Hopefully it's slightly higher than yesterday.
Eventually you'll get to 152 or at least very close!
Excerpt 1: m. 30 - m. 37
Bowing: begin the first up bow at the middle of the bow
Crescendo: Gradually increase the weight and bow speed to make the crescendo
Dynamics: The softer your mp is, the stronger your forte will sound, so start softly!
Sustain sound: stay forte, even in the upper half of the bow.
Dynamics: You’ll have to play fortissimo at the end of the excerpt so save room (don't be at your max volume when you play forte)
Left hand: barre 1st finger for the first three notes, and release it when you play 2nd finger C natural
Shift: 1st position to 2nd position.
Extension: Make sure 1st finger is on C natural (a whole step away from 2nd finger)
Musicality: strong accents with heavy bow!
Dynamics: Now we are at fortissimo - the loudest you’ve played in the whole piece!
Rhythm: hold the quarter note for close to its full value, and then make a fast bow lift
Excerpt 2: m. 86 - m. 93
M. 86 (plus pick-up note)
Glissando: shift slower than you normally would, and keep the weight of the bow and your left hand in the string during the shift.
Accents: increase bow weight and speed.
Intonation: check in with a tuner for the 1st finger G#
M. 88-89 (plus pick-up note)
Don’t run out of bow! Get to the upper half on the first slur, and use a slow up bow for the next slur.
Accents: The downbeats aren’t accented anymore!
Articulation: use lots of bow weight at the beginning of each note, and stop the bow in the string in-between notes to create the staccato articulation
Follow along with this recording! Excerpt 1 begins at 00:41 and excerpt 2 begins at 2:00.
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