Reflections from a Philadelphia Sinfonia Scholar

Over the previous a number of years, the Chamber Music Society has introduced a wide range of artists to work with Philadelphia Sinfonia musicians. This previous fall, when the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) carried out on our sequence, they took time on Saturday to educate the Sinfonia’s superior chamber orchestra. Afterwards, Adah Kaplan, an eighth grader who holds the Principal Chair of the Second Violins, wrote a first-hand account of the occasion.

Excessive Vitality and Musicianship
by Adah Kaplan

Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra (PSCO) musicians have been free of the confinements of reserved taking part in by the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) this previous October throughout a aspect by aspect occasion. The visitor ensemble’s defining trait is that they play and not using a conductor, leading to impeccable particular person management and listening skills. The rehearsal ran and not using a conductor, which means that Sinfonia musicians wanted to develop these abilities as nicely.

With a significant piece within the PSCO repertoire, the Holst St. Paul Suite, the joint rehearsal started with every part rehearsing individually in sectionals with ECCO coaches earlier than all of the sections got here collectively to exhibit what they’d realized in a play-through of your complete suite.

Previous the occasion, the Sinfonia chamber orchestra members have been instructed in regards to the vitality ranges of ECCO. Although the Sinfonia musicians didn’t take this lightheartedly, not one of the second violins have been anticipating to place down their devices and bodily play comply with the chief of their sectional!

ECCO felt that we wanted extra cohesiveness as a bit and wanted to discover ways to comply with each other. By studying easy methods to comply with each other with out devices, we realized easy methods to comply with one another whereas taking part in. There’s a frequent false impression that everybody within the part follows the chief of the part, which is barely partially true. In actuality, for a bit to be really along with phrasing and timing, everybody should contribute equally.

In rehearsal the next week, the PSCO musicians debriefed the occasion, commenting on what they’d realized from ECCO. Gamers talked about ECCO’s immense vitality, consistency in phrasing, and their motion whereas taking part in.

Being a musician within the Sinfonia chamber orchestra myself, I discovered that ECCO had distinctive concepts for the suite’s phrasing that I sit up for toying with. What shocked me was how assured the gamers have been with their interpretations—each time they performed a passage the phrasing was finished in the very same means, proving how a lot expertise they’d. ECCO pushed our loud taking part in previous our present boundaries, making a surge of highly effective sound.

ECCO is a gaggle based by colleagues looking for an ensemble devoted primarily to the enjoyment of taking part in music. Although the trail of music as a profession is a treacherous one, the enjoyment of taking part in was clearly evident within the musicians from ECCO, and the Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Maestro White thank them tremendously for his or her instruction at this side-by-side occasion.

Learn extra by Adah Kaplan on her weblog, Key of Adah.

(Picture Credit: Steven Goldblatt)


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