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NYO-USA Audition Excerpts

For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for NYO-USA’s 2021 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, bars 1–51
Mozart: Symphony No. 39, second movement, bars 1–27 (no repeats)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, second movement, bars 41–55, and third movement, beginning–second bar after D (top line only)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Violin II), fifth movement, bars 265–317

Viola

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, first movement, bars 19–66
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Variation VII, bars 1–10
Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, bars 27–57
Grieg: Holberg Suite, fifth movement, 18 measures before T–10 measures after U (top line only)

Cello

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, second movement, bars 1–16
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, third movement, bars 1–79 and 141–218
Mahler: Symphony No. 5, third movement, [5]–[7] (top line only)
Debussy: La mer, first movement, two bars before [9]–six bars after [9] (top line only)

Bass

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Mozart: Symphony No. 40, first movement, pick-up to 115–138
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, bar 158–end
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, first movement, fourth bar of B–first bar of C; P–first bar of Q
Haydn: Symphony No. 31, fourth movement, Variation VII

Flute

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Bizet: Entr'acte from Carmen, beginning–five bars before B
R. Strauss: Salome, “Dance of the Seven Veils,” [D]–three measures after [H]
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, two before [P]–end
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version), “Variation de l’oiseau de feu”

OPTIONAL PICCOLO
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1, “Procession of the Sardar,” bars 3–17

Oboe

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, second movement, beginning–21
Beethoven: Fidelio, Act II, No. 11, bars 81–131 (Oboe I)
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, third movement, beginning–[4]
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, second movement, bars 32–67

OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, second movement, bars 7–18

Clarinet

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, first movement, bars 54–69 and 153–160
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, third movement, bars 48–78 (no repeat)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, beginning–B
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, first movement, A–B; third movement, 11 bars after K–end

OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET
Ravel: Boléro, three measures after [3]–[4]

OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET
R. Strauss: Don Quixote, [72]–[74]

Bassoon

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, first movement, bars 1–12; and fourth movement, bars 2–36
Ravel: Boléro, [2]–[3]
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, second movement, opening solo and cadenzas
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, first movement, bars 105–120

OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON
Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye, fourth movement, [2]–eight bars after [5]

Horn

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Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second movement, horn solo
Wagner: Götterdämmerung, “short call”
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, bars 6–20, and nine bars before [31]–two bars after [33]
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, first movement, [17]–[21]

Trumpet

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Respighi: Pines of Rome, second movement, offstage solo
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, solo from [2]–[3]
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2, offstage fanfare
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, third movement, two bars after [Dd]–[Ii]

Trombone

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Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, “Hungarian March,” six bars before [20]–two bars after [21] (Trombone II)
Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, first movement, [13]–[17]
Ravel: Boléro, [10]–[11]

Bass Trombone

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Wagner: Das Rheingold, scene IV, “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, bars 595–626
Brahms: Symphony No. 4, fourth movement, [E]–eight before [F]
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, first movement, one bar after [P]–15 bars before [R]

Tuba

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Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, second movement, [L]–second bar of [P]
Brahms: Symphony No. 2, fourth movement, [O]–14 bars before [P]
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, first movement, [3]–[6]
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, third movement, [Ff]–[Kk]

Timpani and Percussion

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Timpani

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, first movement, 18 bars before S–end
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, first movement, four bars before T–9 bars after U

Marimba

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Snare Drum

Delécluse: Etude No. 3 from 12 Etudes for Snare Drum
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, third movement, D–E; and fourth movement, P–U (condense rests from 16 to 4 between R and S)

Xylophone

Stravinsky: The Firebird, one bar before [47]–[48] and [127]–[133]

Glockenspiel

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, [17]–[20] and [22]–[24]

Tambourine

Dvořák: Carnival Overture, beginning–C

Cymbals

Dvořák: Scherzo capriccioso, Op.66, Q–end

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