How a London orchestra chooses a concertmastermain
Internal memo at the Philharmonia:
We will be holding a Concertmaster audition for (name) on Monday 25 February at Walthamstow Town Hall.
Esa-Pekka has agreed to use the end of the afternoon rehearsal for this audition, so the afternoon will be:
14:30 reh Bruckner 7, Mozart Der Schauspieldirektor overture, 16:45-17:30 audition*************
Esa-Pekka has asked Robin O’Neill to conduct the audition.
The repertoire is listed below.
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3, exposition
Beethoven: Violin Concerto, exposition
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Sanctus, solo to letter I
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, solo at fig. 22-32
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, fig. 27-35
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Mvt 2 beginning & K-N
Dvořák: Symphony No.8, Adagio, solo from letter D
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, Mvt 2 solo
Ravel: Ma Mere L’Oye, last page solo
Schumann: Symphony No 2, Scherzo, up to bar 54
Strauss: Don Juan, beginning till 15 after D
Tchaikovsky: String Serenade Mvt 1, directed by (candidate)
There is not one modern piece in the schedule and this is a hell of a lot of music to cover in 45 minutes. As a point of etymology, it appears that the traditional English ‘leader’ has been supplanted by the German/American term ‘concertmaster’.