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Audition Excerpts

For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for NYO-USA’s 2020 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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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Violin I), third movement, bars 99–114
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (Violin II), second movement fugue, 15 bars after [32]–4 bars before [35]
Prokofiev: “Classical” Symphony, first movement, beginning–H
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, “Danse de la terre,” bars 72–79

Viola

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Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, first movement, bars 292–316
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, first movement, bars 19–66
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second movement, bars 53–62; fourth movement, bars 289–300
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, second movement, first 27 measures omitting the seven bars rest

Cello

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2, second movement, beginning–A and C–downbeat of bar 55
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, N–O
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, second movement, bars 1–10, 49–59, and 98–106
Verdi: Requiem, Offertorio, bars 1–62

Bass

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, bars 431–441 and 454–525
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger, bar 158–end
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite (1949 version), seventh movement, Vivo (solo part)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, first movement, bars 13–48 and 59–66

Flute

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Bellini: Norma, “Casta diva” solo
Brahms: Symphony No. 4, bars 89–105
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, two bars before P–end
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version), “Variation de l’oiseau de feu”
OPTIONAL PICCOLO
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, bars 343–431

Oboe

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Brahms: Violin Concerto, second movement, bars 1–32
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Act II, No. 10, bars 1–19
Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella, Variation 1a (no repeat)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, second movement, bars 32–67
OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, “Adoration of the Earth,” [2]–[7]

Clarinet

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, second movement, one bar before D–one bar before E
Brahms: Symphony No. 3, second movement, bars 1–22
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning of Scherzo–B
OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, [4]–[5] and [7]–three bars after [11]
OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, two bars before [141]–[142]

Bassoon

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Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, bars 101–123 and 139–171
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, second movement, bar 274–end
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, second movement, opening solo and cadenzas
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, opening solo
OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, second movement, bars 65–69

Horn

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (Horn I solo), third movement, F–12 bars after F
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Horns I and II), third movement, bars 169–202
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, bars 6–20 and nine bars before 31–two bars after 33
Wagner: Siegfried, “Short Call”

Trumpet

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Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, offstage solo
Copland: An Outdoor Overture, bars 16–34
Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (1947 version), “Ballerina’s Dance,” one bar before [134]–[139]
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, fourth movement, one bar before [C]–one bar after [E]
OPTIONAL PICCOLO TRUMPET
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Piccolo Trumpet in D), one bar before [11]–[12]

Trombone

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Berlioz: La damnation de Faust (Trombone II), “Hungarian March,” six bars before [20]–two bars after [21]
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, first movement, [13]–[17]
Ravel: Boléro, solo, two bars after [10]–[11]
Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella, “VII. Duetto,” [85]–[93]

Bass Trombone

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Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, “Hungarian March,” six bars before [4]–two bars after [5]
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, fourth movement, beginning–13 bars after A
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version), “Finale,” [19]–end
Wagner: Die Walküre, “Ride of the Valkyries”

Tuba

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2, fourth movement, O–14 bars before P
Wagner: Die Walküre, “Ride of the Valkyries”
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, first movement, [3]–[6]
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, two bars before [79]–[79] (Tuba I) and [186]–[189] (Tuba II)

Timpani and Percussion

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Timpani

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, first movement, 18 measures before S–end
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, [189]–end

Marimba

Solo work of applicant's choice

Snare Drum

Delécluse: Etude No. 9 from 12 Etudes
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, fourth movement, long roll plus 10 measures

Xylophone

Gershwin: Introduction to Porgy and Bess

Glockenspiel

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Act I

Tambourine

Bizet: Carmen, “Aragonaise”

Bass Drum

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, “Danse de la terre”

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