• Audition Excerpts for NYO-USA 2015


    For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for NYO-USA’s 2015 application. If you are unfamiliar with these excerpts, or with performing excerpts in general, we encourage you to listen to recordings of the pieces and bring the excerpts to your private instructors or ensemble leaders for their input.

    Violin
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (“Un bal”: 38–51)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: E–F, top line only)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: beginning–C)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (first movement: Allegro–C, second movement: 1–8 and 30–38)

    Viola
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10 and 98–106)
    Brahms: Variations of a Theme by Joseph Haydn (Variation V: beginning–H, Variation VII: 1–10)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: C–D)

    Cello
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    Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (third movement: beginning–16)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10, 49–59, and 98–106)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (fourth movement: beginning–37)

    Bass
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (“Marche au supplice”: 50–53)
    Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Variation H)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (first movement: 40–72)

    Flute
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    Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (opening four bars and 2–3)
    Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 (fourth movement: D–E, with repeats)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: 2 before P–end)
    (OPTIONAL PICCOLO) Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (third movement: 1–4)

    Oboe
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    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: 1 before B–5 after B)
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (second movement: A–B)
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Variation 1a, no repeat)
    (OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN) Berlioz: Le carnaval romain (beginning–3 after 1)

    Clarinet
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (first movement: 2 before K–end)
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (second movement: bar 8–1 after B)
    Puccini: Tosca (Act III: Solo)
    (OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET) Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (“Songe d'une nuit de sabbat”: 63–6 after 64)
    (OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET) Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (“Pas de deux”: 4 after 69–70)

    Bassoon
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (“Marche au supplice”: 25–33 and 49–63)
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (second movement: 5–A)
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (first movement: beginning–12)
    (OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON) Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 65–9 after 68)

    Horn
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    Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (third movement: F–12 after F)
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (first movement: beginning–6 after A)
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: 17–21)

    Trumpet
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    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (off-stage calls)
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (“Ballerina’s Dance”)
    Respighi: Pini di Roma (second movement: off-stage solo)

    Trombone
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    Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Second Trombone (“Hungarian March”: 6 before 20–2 after 21)
    Mozart: Requiem (“Tuba mirum”: beginning–A)
    Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (Q–R)

    Bass Trombone
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    Berlioz: La damnation de Faust (“Hungarian March”: 6 before 4–2 after 5)
    Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (fourth movement: beginning–13 after A)
    Wagner: Das Rheingold (Scene IV: “Entrance of the Gods to Valhalla”)

    Tuba
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    Berlioz: Symponie fantastique (“Songe d'une nuit de sabbat”: 477–end)
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: 3–6)
    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

    Timpani and Percussion
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    Applicants are required to play one solo on either marimba or xylophone (accompaniment optional), and all excerpts.

    Snare Drum

    Jacques Delécluse: Etude No. 1, from 12 Etudes for Snare Drum
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (second movement: 98–end)

    Xylophone

    Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (beginning–5 after 2)

    Timpani

    Richard Hochrainer: Etude No. 49 from Etudes for Timpani Vol. 1
    Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (fifth movement: 223–225)

    Cymbals

    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (2 before O–12 after O)

    Harp
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (“Un bal”: beginning–23)
    Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Variation I and Fugue)
    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (“Waltz of the Flowers”: Cadenza)

    Orchestral Keyboard

    At this time we do not anticipate needing Orchestral Keyboard for the 2015 NYO-USA.

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