Last week, nothing much happened. I still was studying the Mozart Requiem, and I’m almost done with the part of it labeled, “Sequencia.” Then, I was given an interesting assignment from Mr. Meyer about an important part of being a conductor: picking pieces for your specified group. I had to take three to four pieces that I thought would work for this group, and today, Mr. Meyer and I will go through each of them and talk about which one is the best.
This seems like an interesting process, and not one I’ve ever had a window onto. I imagine the strengths and weaknesses of the group play a role. Is there room for your personal preferences, too? Do you get to choose pieces you particularly like?
Thanks for your comments! I try to have a good balance between my personal preferences and what the group can play. However, one has to take into account mostly the group’s skill in order to choose pieces that work. If I chose a piece that I primarily like, and they can’t play it, then it would not work at all.