Pedagogical literature for violists: selected studies from Lillian Fuchs's 16 Fantasy Études and corresponding orchestral excerpts
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Few colleges and music festivals offer intensive orchestral studies programs as part of the string department curriculum, and those that do focus solely on excerpts and audition preparation. This dissertation proposes a post-graduate course to establish a comprehensive curriculum. The course utilizes two resources, Lillian Fuchs's 16 Fantasy Études and common orchestral audition excerpts. The 16-week course will help students build their musicality and craftsmanship by studying selected études and standard viola audition repertoire. Each étude will address the technical and musical demands of its given excerpt, and the course will offer students suggestions as how to practice them. Aiming to foster future educators and professional orchestral violists, the author concentrates on the pedagogical and problem-solving aspects of audition preparation.
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Introduction -- Audition application and procedure -- Audition preparation -- Lillian Fuchs: Sixteen Fantasy Études for viola -- Studies of selected etude and audition excerpts -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Course syllabus -- Appendix B. Audition repertoire list survey