orchestral excerpt class      with Emily Beynon, 2016

Fall 2022 Bibbins 238 , 6pm

Thursday, February 2- no class because Alexa is on tour

Thursday, Feb 9

Mozart: the exposition of either concerto's first movement, optional extra: exposition of second movement

Thursday, Feb 16 

Prokofieff: Classical Symphony, flute 1 movements II and IV

Thursday, Feb 23 

Tchaikovsky: Francesca di Rimini -all of the fast notes :)

Thursday, March 2 

Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade flute 1 solos and picc: movement IV after letter V


Thursday, March 9 

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, movement VI, flute 1 solos

Thursday, March 16 

Bartok: Concerto for orchestra, flute 1 movement IV cadenza, both flute parts of movement II, piccolo: movement III solos


Thursday, March 30 spring break - no classes

Thursday, April 6 

Stravinsky: Chant du Rossignol,  13-16, 38 - 8 measures after 39, 88 - 92


Thursday, April 13

Prokofieff: Classical Symphony, flute 1 movement.s II and IV

Thursday, April 20

Tchaikovsky: Francesca di Rimini -all of the fast notes

Thursday, April 27 

Beethoven: Symphony 6  movement II solos

Thursday, May 4

Beethoven: Symphony 4 movement II solo


For advance preparation, listen to MANY recordings and study full scores. For Alexa's fake fingerings and practice hints, please see http://www.alexastill.com/excerpts/excerpts.html

NEW: Orchestral audio tracks of the relevant bits can be found in the link in each semester's rep listed below (after photo). You should ALSO listen to entire works to get a sense of scale, proportion and to understand the style!

  With Mark Sparks, February 2019. We are very grateful to Mark for visiting, inspiring and sharing wisdom regularly!!!

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS (four semester spread)


Brahms: Symphony 4 (mvt. IV)

Dvorak: Symphony 8 in G (mvt. IV)

Gluck: Orpheus; Menuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Act II

Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 “Italian” (mvt.s II and IV)

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Ravel: Boléro

Stravinsky: Firebird, Variation de l’oiseau de feu (1919)

Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947)

semester I orchestral audio can be found here 


Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

Bizet: Carmen; Entra’cte (prelude to act III)

Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis (mvt. III)

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Nights Dream; scherzo

Prokofieff: Peter and the Wolf

Rossini: William Tell, Overture

Shostakovich: Symphony 5 (mvt.s I, II, III)

 semester II orchestral audio can be found here


Bach: St Mathew Passion: “Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben”

Beethoven: Symphony 3 “Eroica” (mvt. IV)

Beethoven: Symphony 7 (opening)

Brahms: Symphony 1 (mvt. IV)

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals, #10 Voliere

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Strauss: Salome; Dance of the Seven Veils

Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4 (mvt. III)

Smetana: The Moldau (opening)

 semester III orchestral audio can be found here


Bartok: Concerto for orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony 4 (mvt. II)

Beethoven: Symphony 6 ( mvt. II)

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (mvt. VI)

Prokofieff: Classical Symphony (mvt.s II and IV)

Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade

Stravinsky: Chant du Rossignol

Tchaikovsky: Francesca di Rimini

semester IV orchestral audio can be found here