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Suggested Recordings


One of the best ways you can prepare for rehearsals is to become aurally acquainted with the pieces we will be performing. Listening to the music gives you a head start and will give you an idea of the style of the piece. We feel it is paramount that each CYS member listens to a piece PRIOR to rehearsing it in depth, and we want you to be familiar with the work before attending rehearsal. The list below is a suggestion, but in the end any recording is better than none. Listen to it, mark your parts, listen to how your part fits in within the section and the ensemble, practice along with the recording, bring your music to your private teacher and work on troubling spots (everybody in the ensemble should be taking lessons!), know where you come in the music and be secure and confident when you play your entrances (especially winds, brass, percussion)…we can do this! 

Shostakovich: Folk Dances

Click here for Audio file from JW Pepper Music.
Click here to read more about Shostakovich
Click here to read this article particularly for the interesting information
about his political challenges and relationship with Stalin and the Soviet government.

Sparke: Sunrise at Angel's Gate

Read about Phillip Sparke here.
Click here to view a stunning photo of the lightning strikes at Angel's Gate, Grand Canyon

Hisaishi: Princess Mononoke

Click here to read the story of Princess Mononoke

The first video is a New York Times video review of
Mononoke that gives a good synopsis and has some of the music we are playing near the end.

Here is Maestro Hisaishi leading a performance of Ashitaka and San in the Meadow - the final segment of our medley.

Silvestri: Super Mario Bros. (film)

Audio sample - Click on the speaker icon. Click here to read info about the film.

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