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Audition Excerpts

For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for NYO-USA’s 2019 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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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (first movement: beginning to bar 51)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (first movement: Letter E–Letter F)
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, First Violin (pickup to Rehearsal 138–Rehearsal 142)

Viola

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Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn (Variation V: beginning–H, Variation VII: 1–10)
Berlioz: Le carnaval romain (third bar of Rehearsal 1–6 bars before Rehearsal 4)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: third bar of 13–fourth bar of 15)

Cello

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Debussy: La mer (first movement: two bars before Rehearsal 9–6 bars after Rehearsal 9, top line only)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (fourth movement: bar 134–Letter E)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Rehearsal 9–the ninth bar of Rehearsal 10 (top line), AND Rehearsal 79–Rehearsal 80)

Bass

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (fourth movement: opening to second bar of Letter A)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (third movement: Trio, no repeat)
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (six bars before Rehearsal 12 to Rehearsal 17

Flute

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Ravel: Suite No. 2, from Daphnis et Chloé (176–179)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: two bars before Letter P–end)
Bizet: “Ent’racte” from Carmen (beginning–five bars before Letter B)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (fourth movement: 3 bars before 90 to 2 bars before 91)
OPTIONAL PICCOLO Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1–No. 4 (Procession of the Sadar) 3–17

Oboe

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (second movement: beginning–four bars before Letter B)
Mussorgsky: “Tuileries” from Pictures at an Exhibition
Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Variation 1a, no repeat)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: Rehearsal 36–Rehearsal 37)
OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN Rossini: Overture to William Tell (Andante–nine bars after Letter G

Clarinet

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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: beginning–Letter B)
Kodály: Dances of Galánta (31–65)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (second movement: one bar before Letter D–one bar before Letter E)
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (one bar before 135 to one bar after 139)
OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (40 to nine measures after 40)
OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET Strauss: Don Quixote (Rehearsal 72–Rehearsal 74

Bassoon

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Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro (101–123, 139–171)
Ravel: Boléro (Rehearsal 2–Rehearsal 3)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (opening to five bars before 1 AND fourth bar of 102 to 103)
OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (fourth movement: measures 374-436

Horn

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: beginning–16 measures before Letter B)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: 17–21)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (6–20)
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, First Horn (pick up to 82–three after 84)

Trumpet

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (beginning–five after 1)
Stravinsky: “Ballerina’s Dance” from Pétrouchka
Mussorgsky: “Promenade” from Pictures at an Exhibition (top line only)
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, First Trumpet (one bar before 68 to fourth bar of 69 AND 75–76), Third Trumpet (third beat of 69 to fourth bar of 70)

Trombone

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Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges (33 to 35)
Mozart: “Tuba mirum” from Requiem (beginning–A)
Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre

Bass Trombone

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (fourth movement: 595–626)
Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (fourth movement: Letter E to eight before letter F)

Tuba

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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Rehearsal 62 to Rehearsal 65)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: 3–6)
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Letter J–Letter L)

Timpani and Percussion

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

Timpani

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (first movement: 18 measures before S – end)
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (second movement: Letter S–Letter T and two before Letter Z–end)

Marimba

Solo work of your choosing

Snare Drum

Delécluse: Etude No. 10 from 12 Etudes
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 37–40 and fourth movement–end)

Xylophone

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (introduction)
Shostakovich: “Polka” from The Golden Age

Glockenspiel

Respighi: Pini di Roma (first movement)

Tambourine

Dvořák: Carnival Overture

Cymbals

Dvořák: Scherzo capriccioso

Harp

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: Rehearsal 40–Rehearsal 42)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (second movement: beginning–four after Rehearsal 23, twelve before Rehearsal 29–four after Rehearsal 29, AND Rehearsal 32–end)
Ravel: Tzigane (cadenza)

Orchestral Keyboard

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Copland: Appalachian Spring (7–10)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: 2 before 18–22)
Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (“Danse Russe”: 64–9 after 72)
OPTIONAL ORGAN: Any organ composition (including a church hymn) that shows basic proficiency on the organ.

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Fubon Financial, MBK Partners, United Airlines

NYO-USA Sponsors: Fubon Financial; MBK Partners; and United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall

Major funding has been provided by The Carl Jacobs Foundation; Jean Eric Salata and Baring Private Equity Asia; JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation; Poongsan Corporation; PwC; and WEmusic Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by the Arison Arts Foundation; the Jack Benny Family Foundation; CHIMEI Culture Foundation; and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Founder Patrons; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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