Virtual Beethoven's Ninth
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
7:00 - 10:00 pm. Specific arrival times for instrument groups TBA.
Where: Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester, VT (See map)
Please see below for important details about participation and registration. All participants must register.
We are looking to do a virtual Beethoven 9 performance this year. It will only be a short segment and conductor Daniel Bruce will select a short (approximately 5 minutes or less) excerpt from the 4th movement focusing on the Ode to Joy sections. The idea is that we will bring in the orchestra in separate groups to Elley-Long and have LCATV do video/audio recordings. The recordings will then be sent to an audio engineer to put together the final product with the goal of broadcasting on New Year's day.
Musicians will be spread out on the floor (not the stage) and will be appropriately distanced, one to a stand. Strings will wear masks at all times. Winds/brass will utilize bell coverings and will pull up their mask when not playing.
Elley-Long has strict protocols to which we will adhere and we will also conduct temperature checks and symptom screening on site. This of course will also rely on everyone's appropriate participation: if you have been exposed, are symptomatic, or have any other risks identified in the Elley-Long protocol, you simply cannot participate.
This will be an orchestra-only event. There is no safe way to include chorus or vocal soloists.
All qualified string players are welcome. Winds/brass selection will be based on known ability and past participation in GMMF events.
- Before you register, follow this link and read the Elley-Long safety protocols. By registering to participate, you acknowledge that you have read and pledge to abide by these protocols.
- Wind/brass players must provide their own bell covers. One source for purchasing covers is Ellis Music. The National Educational Music Company has bell covers as well as face masks with flaps.
- If you don't already have music for Beethoven's Ninth, follow this link to download and print your part.
- We will play the following sections of the fourth movement.
Section I: Measures 92 - 187 (just before Letter C). Low strings start with the "Ode to Joy" melody at 92. Put a fermata on beat 2 (in cut time) of measure 187; we will hold this a total of three beats. We release on beat 1, and move immediately to measure 525, beat 2.
Section II Measures 525 - 589. We start with the concert F# in the horns on beat 2 (the downbeat is the release from the prior section). Play through the 6/8 chorus and be ready to cut immediately after playing Measure 589 to Section III without a pause.
Section III Start at the Prestissimo (measure 920) and play to the end with no accelerando.
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