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Sean Brown

Rondo giocoso - for violin and orchestra

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It's a pretty spectacular piece - lots of virtuoso violin writing.

I do, however, feel that the orchestra parts could be more interesting. From the piano score, I can't easily tell what is playing what, but I would pay attention to the wind and brass to make them more exciting. Also, the pizzicato strings seem to go on too long.

The main theme is very catchy and joyful, and sets up the mood of the piece well. I like how at the start, it is heard in the violin, then the orchestra.

The violin part is very difficult (well done for managing to play it!) but there are times when virtuoso moments seem little 'random'. I'm thinking about moments like the ricochet in the first section - it doesn't really seem like it has been set up and finishes quickly.

Well done on a brilliant piece!

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There are a number of moments which are a bit unclear from the orchestra -- the rehearsal time we had on this piece was barely enough to make it work at all, to be honest. A number of woodwind and brass moments which either weren't played particularly loudly or might have been missed entirely by an inattentive/lost player. If you listen really carefully you may be able to pick some of them out, though I'm not entirely convinced they did all happen. That's part of why I made the orchestral parts as simple as possible -- it's a high school orchestra, and if you make the parts too interesting, you just make available more ways to go wrong. That, and I was also going for a very Paganini-esque style, and his orchestral parts aren't particularly exciting, either.

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This is great and the best thing I've heard in a while. Bravo! Rehearsal time is always a problem, I guess. But you all pulled it off with aplomb. Given the skill level of the orchestra, which isn't too bad, using them as sort of simple punctuators for your solos was not altogether a bad idea. Very astute I would say.

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