List of Excerpts for Sublist Auditions

For the excerpt list for specific positions, please email Elisa Birdseye.

Flute

  • Beethoven: Leonore #3 Overture, opening passage plus solo
  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Minuet
  • Stravinsky: Firebird

Oboe/EH

  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin – 1st mvt. opening solo to rehearsal 2
  • Beethoven: Symphony 3- 2nd mvt. first 2 solo entrances (beginning to A; mm.36- 47), 3rd mvt. mm.1-28 and pickup to 12 before A to 23 after A (mm. 80-115)
  • Brahms: Symphony 1- 2nd mvt. mm. 17-23 and 1 note before B to 5 after B
  • Rossini: La Scala di Seta- the Andantino: beginning to reh. 1 and the Allegro from reh. 2-3

Clarinet

Slow excerpts:

  • Rachmaninov: Symphony #2, 3rd mvt.- beginning to 1 measure before 47
  • Brahms: Symphony #4, 2nd mvt.- beginning to measure 13

Fast:

  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream- beginning to measure 48
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2- 214 to the end

Bassoon

  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (overture), bsn1
  • Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony, 2nd mvt. bsn1
  • Brahms: violin concerto, 2nd mvt. bsn2
  • Mozart: Haffner symphony, 4th mvt. bsn2

Horn

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, scherzo, first horn
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second mvt. solo, first horn
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening solo, first horn

Trumpet

  • Stravinsky: Petrushka: Ballerina’s Dance
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade only
  • Respighi Pines of Rome: offstage solo only
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: trumpet 3, rehearsal #36 to end

Trombone

  • Mozart: Requiem: Tuba Mirum
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: excerpts 2 before #2 through #4, #35-38
  • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: mvt. 2 Letter H-J

Tuba

  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Act I Prelude (Overture) Letter J –L
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No 5: Mvt I, #3-#6, and mvt. IV, #94-to 5 after #98
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: mvt. 2 4 after L to2 after N
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique mvts. 4 & V (Tuba I)

Violin

  • Don Juan page 1
  • First page of Schumann 2 scherzo
  • Intro to Brahms 1 and the concertmaster solo

Viola

  • Page 1 of Don Juan
  • Roman Carnival overture (key passage)
  • Beethoven 5 2nd mvt.
  • Shostakovich 5 (key passage mvt. 1)

Cello

  • Beethoven 5 (2nd and 3rd mvt.)
  • Don Juan 1st page
  • La Mer (top line of quartet section – 1st mvt.) Mendelssohn MSND
  • Scherzo Brahms 2 (or 3) slow mvt. Mozart 35 1st and/or 4th mvt.
  • Beethoven 8 trio

Bass

  • Beethoven 9 Symphony recitative
  • Beethoven 5 2nd mvt., 3rd mvt. – Scherzo; measure 44 to 5 measures after A
  • Beethoven 5 3rd mvt. – Trio; beginning for 37 measures – no repeat
  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Solo
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, K. 543, E-flat major (mvts. 1 and 4)

For questions about NBSO auditions, email NBSO Personnel Manager Elisa Birdseye.