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    What do people here think the best short and long solos are? I'm going to use two seperate categories, "moments" and "peices" . For example, a moment would be a violin solo in a symphony, a peice would be a violin concerto...
    Here are a few of my favorites;

    Violin:
    Peice: Vaughan William's variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis.
    Solo: First violin solo in Havergal Brian's gothic symphony.

    Viola:
    Peice: Britten's Lachrymae
    Moment: and early part in the second movement of the Bartok concerto.

    Cello:
    Peice: Strauus' Don Quixote
    Moment: Beggining of the Elgar concerto

    Bassoon:
    Moment: Rite of Spring Opening

    I'll add more later

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    Glad to see Vaughan Williams up there.
    Personally, I think he wrote some of the most beautiful and intimate melodies among his contemporaries. But, often overshadowed.

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    Default Theme to Schindlers LIst

    I have played the Theme to Schindlers List and have played the first twoand a half lines in a quartet for a concert. It is an extremely well written piece that is a reminder to us all. John Williams did an amazing job writing this,and i think this piece is one of the saddest pieces ever written.
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    Flute Moment: Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe Suite II for Orchestra (long extended solo asked on every orchestra audition)
    Flute Piece: Bach B Minor Sonata

    Clarinet Moment: Sibelius - Symphony No. 1, first movement, (long opening solo)
    Clarinet Piece: Mozart - Concerto in A major, K622

    Oboe Moment: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5, third movement Largo - the main solo in the woodwind feature of this most beautiful and tragic movement.

    Oboe Piece: Breaking the rule here: another orchestral work: the long, achingly beautiful solo of the 2nd movement of Barber's Concerto for Violin - it is so wonderful that you forget it is a violin concerto!

    Bassoon Moment: Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, movement II, 2nd theme (I think, long legato solo, happens twice)
    Bassoon Piece - Mozart Concerto for Bassoon in Bb K. 192 (?) written when he was 18. Asked for in every orchestral audition.

    Trumpet Moment: Opening fanfare of Dvorak Symphony No. 8 in D major, movement IV
    Trumpet Piece: The Arutunian Trumpet Concerto

    Horn Moment: Mahler - The opening fanfare of the Third Symphony. Unbelievable, especially Vienna/Abbado/Norman recording.
    Horn Piece: The Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb

    Trombone Moment: Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, Movement I, the final cadential fanfare barely 3 bars in length. OMG.
    Trombone Piece: Frank Martin - Ballade for Trombone and Orch.

    Tuba Moment: Berlioz - Symphony Fantatique - the Dies irae in the 5th movement.
    Tuba Piece: The Vaughn-Williams Tuba Concerto

    Timpani Moment: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, movement IV
    Timpani Piece: Elliott Carter - Eight Pieces for Four Timpani (one player)



    Quote Originally Posted by godzillaviolist View Post
    What do people here think the best short and long solos are? I'm going to use two seperate categories, "moments" and "peices" . For example, a moment would be a violin solo in a symphony, a peice would be a violin concerto...
    Here are a few of my favorites;

    Violin:
    Peice: Vaughan William's variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis.
    Solo: First violin solo in Havergal Brian's gothic symphony.

    Viola:
    Peice: Britten's Lachrymae
    Moment: and early part in the second movement of the Bartok concerto.

    Cello:
    Peice: Strauus' Don Quixote
    Moment: Beggining of the Elgar concerto

    Bassoon:
    Moment: Rite of Spring Opening

    I'll add more later
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdavid View Post
    Oboe Piece: Breaking the rule here: another orchestral work: the long, achingly beautiful solo of the 2nd movement of Barber's Concerto for Violin - it is so wonderful that you forget it is a violin concerto!
    Yes, this is absolutely the best oboe moment in the repertoire for me.

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