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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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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)

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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