Hypermeter in Movement 3 of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6

Hi all,

Click here to download a marked-up PDF with the hypermeter in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Movement 3. I strongly recommend that you transfer the hypermeter markings to your individual parts, especially around tricky entrances of solos.

Below is a good definition of “hypermeter” if needed.

Hypermeter is a perceived, metric organization higher than the regular meter (3/4, 6/8, etc.). Typically, each regular measure represents one “hyperbeat” in a “hypermeasure.” Quadruple is the most common hypermeter. In quadruple hypermeter, four regular measures combine to create one hypermeasure, but duple (two measures = one hypermeasure) is also common, and triple (three measures = one hypermeasure) is less common. Hypermeasures are typically perceived due to changes and/or repetitions that take place during that span of time. For example, if a passage contains a four-measure phrase and its immediate repetition, the passage can be heard as two, four-measure hypermeasures. Similarly, a four-measure phrase followed by a distinctly contrasting four-measure phrase can produce the same result. Like regular meter, hypermeter tends to be mostly the same throughout a work, but irregular lengths can occur (typically due to phrase expansion techniques). Some pieces may not have a perceivable hypermeter. More here.

Best,

Dr. G.

Rehearsal Plan for Concert Week: Feb 29 to March 3, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi everyone,

It’s concert week!! Time to focus and have extremely efficient and strategic practicing. Below is our rehearsal plan for the week.

  • Reminder: EVERYBODY should arrive 15 minutes before the posted rehearsal time. Percussionists should arrive even earlier to set up.

[Thursday, Friday and Saturday rehearsals at All Saints]

Thursday, Feb 29

  • 7:00pm-8:00pm: Pando
  • 8:00pm-8:15pm: break
  • 8:15pm-9:30pm: Beethoven, movs 1 (recap), 2 and 5

Friday, March 1

  • 7:00pm-7:45pm: Tin Soldier
  • 7:45pm-8:15pm: Lalo
  • 8:15pm-8:30pm: break
  • 8:30pm-9:30pm: Beethoven, movs 3, 4 and 1 (exposition)

Saturday, March 2

  • 7:00pm-7:25pm: Tin Soldier
  • 7:25pm-7:50pm: Lalo
  • 7:50pm-8:00pm: Break
  • 8:00pm-8:20pm: Pando
  • 8:20pm-9:00pm: Beethoven (all movements)

Sunday, March 3

  • 2:00pm: Call time at Newmark Theatre for percussionists and Group Managers
  • 2:30pm: Call time at Newmark Theatre for all other performing musicians
  • Please see all details in our call sheet.

Practice smart! See you Thursday,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

Rehearsal Plan for Feb 25, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi all,

It’s one week before our concert. It’s time to be practicing EVERYTHING, and listening constantly to recordings of the music we are performing (when available, like Beethoven and Lalo).

  • Reminder: EVERYBODY should arrive by 3:45pm. Percussionists should arrive even earlier to set up.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, February 25

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm – Lalo Cello Concerto (with Ian)
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm – Pando

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • Tutti (including percussion and all brass)
    • 5:45pm-6:30pm – Beethoven, movs 3, 4
    • 6:30pm-7:00pm: – Tin Soldier

Practice everything! See you on Sunday.

Best,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

Rehearsal Plan for Feb 18, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi all,

Our concert is coming up sooner than you may think! It’s in two weeks (!!) from this coming Sunday (2/18). Please make sure you’re practicing the entire repertoire on your own.

  • Reminder: EVERYBODY should arrive by 3:45pm. Percussionists should arrive even earlier to set up.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, February 18

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Trumpets and low brass: sectional in separate room on Pando and Tin Soldier
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Beethoven: strings, woodwinds and FRENCH HORNS (!!)
    • Movs. 2 and 3

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • Tutti (including percussion and all brass)
    • 5:45pm-6:15pm – Pando: (tour repertoire, with touring guests)
    • 6:15pm-6:35pm: – Tin Soldier
    • 6:35pm-7:00pm – Lalo Cello Concerto (mov 1) – (no tour guests)

Practice strategically! See you on Sunday.

Best,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

Rehearsal Plan for Feb 11, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi all,

We are done with sectionals for the term. Please see below for this week’s plan.

  • Trumpets and low brass: please note you’re not needed for the first half of rehearsal.
  • Percussionists: please note that you will join the full orchestra during the second half of rehearsal.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, February 11

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Beethoven
    • Movs. 1 and 2

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • Tutti (including percussion)
    • 5:45pm-6:15pm – Pando: [K] to end (alternate ending) – (tour repertoire, with touring guests)
    • 6:15pm-6:35pm: – Tin Soldier: read-through of whole piece with percussion
    • 6:35pm-7:00pm – Lalo Cello Concerto (mov 1) – (no tour guests)

Thank you, happy practicing and see you on Sunday Feb 11.

Best,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

Rehearsal Plan for Feb 4, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi all,

Well, we’re pretty much a month away from our concert. This term (January-February) always flies by. Also, we lost a rehearsal due to ice/snow. So, we have some work to do!!

Please make sure to practice EVERYTHING as soon as possible, but, as always, you may focus most of your attention from Sunday to Tuesday on what we *just* rehearsed, and from Wednesday to Saturday on what we are *about to* rehearse. Below is the plan for this coming Sunday (Feb 4).


Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, February 4 (including sectionals!)

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin (please spend some time on Ives and Martin parts)
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Tutti minus percussion:
    • 4:00pm-4:45pm – Pando: [G] to m. 213 (tour repertoire, with touring guests)
    • 4:45pm-5:30pm – “Tin Soldier:” beginning to m. 140.

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • 5:45pm-7:00pm – Sectionals
    • Woodwinds: Beethoven (flutes: make sure to ask Zach about special effect in Pando).
    • Strings, brass and timpani (Hank) – Beethoven movs. 4 & 5

Thank you, happy practicing and see you on Sunday Feb 4.

Best,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

2023-2024 Concerto Competition Winners

Hi everybody,

As I mentioned in rehearsal on Sunday, this year’s Concerto Competition was the most evenly competitive contest since I’ve been at MYS. Every single participant played extremely well, and it took the judges a long time to deliberate and make a final decision.

The winners and runner-up are below, along with their performance assignments.


Strings Category Winner: Ian Ko (cello)

  • Performs with Symphony Orchestra on March 3, 2024 (Lalo Cello Concerto, Mov 1)

Winds/Brass/Percussion/Piano Category Winner: Mia Hale (oboe)

  • Performs with Symphony Orchestra on June 16, 2024 (Ruth Gipps Oboe Concerto, Mov 1)

Overall Runner-Up: Margaux Hicks (cello)

  • Performs with Concert Orchestra on May 12, 2024 (Haydn Cello Concerto in C, Mov 1)

Again, congratulations to all, and please join me in celebrating all the participants and winners!

Best,

Dr. G.

Rehearsal Plan for Jan 28, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi everybody,

Thanks for a great first session on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Below is our rehearsal plan for Sunday, January 28th.


Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, January 28 (including sectionals!)

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin Schlossman (please look at Ives and Martin parts)
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Tutti minus percussion:
    • 4:00pm-4:45pm – Reading of Charlie Martin’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”
    • 4:45pm-5:30pm – Reading of Nancy Ives’ “Pando” (tour repertoire, with touring guests)

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • 5:45pm-7:00pm – Sectionals
    • Horns – focus on Beethoven, movs. 1, 2 & 3
    • Trumpets – touch base on transposition for Beethoven, focus on Ives and Martin
    • Low brass – focus on Ives and Martin
    • Strings & Woodwinds – Beethoven movs. 1, 2 & 3 with RGR

Thank you, happy practicing and see you on Sunday Jan 28.

Best,

Dr. G.

Photo by Richard Kolbell – “Just Jimmie” Concert, Jan 9, 2024

UPDATED Rehearsal Plan for Jan 21, 2024 | MYS Symphony Orchestra

Hi everybody,

We will not have hard copies of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” available this Sunday because the MYS office building has been closed all week due to the weather. So, we’ll focus our rehearsal this Sunday on Beethoven. My updated rehearsal plan is below.


UPDATED Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, January 21 (including sectionals!)

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Percussionists with Kevin Schlossman
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm – Tutti minus percussion: Work on Beethoven‘s movements 5 and 4 (in that order)

5:30pm-5:45pm – Break

  • 5:45pm-7:00pm – Sectionals on movements 5 and 4 of Beethoven
    • Violin 1 with Chien Tan
    • Violin 2 with Greg Ewer
    • Viola with Amanda Grimm
    • Cello/Bass with Nancy Ives
    • Woodwinds + brass with RGR

NOTE FOR HORNS AND TRUMPETS!! — You will need to transpose in the Beethoven Symphony. Check your parts carefully. I want you to practice transposing on this piece.


Thank you, happy practicing and see you on Sunday Jan 21.

Best,

Dr. G.

Angry Bird (grabbed from Reddit)

“Version 2” parts for “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

Hi all,

Updated parts are available for “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by YCP composer Charlie Martin. Please go to our Music Library page (password is playmys), click on the link for this piece, find “Version 2” and navigate to your assigned part.

As per my rehearsal plan for this coming Sunday (1/21), we will begin rehearsal with this piece.

Best,

Dr. G.