Shostakovich 7 Sequence 1 is the main theme from Shostakovich’s epic 7th symphony. You may like this sequence because it will help you improve your sustained fortissimo sound, open intervals, clear articulations, and quick breathing.
When the bones get to play this lick at the end of the symphony, all SIX of us are in unison, so there is no need to push! Play this sequence with a strong, clear, supported sound, as if you are crying out with your comrades in triumph after flipping the bird to the Nazis for over 800 days.
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The horns cue the end of the piece is near with their entrance at 15:16, but the sequenced material starts at 17:07. So good!
The 7th symphony is a very important piece for the Russian people because it was premiered in Leningrad (modern day St. Petersburg) during WW2 while the city was under siege by Nazi forces.I had the great privilege of playing this piece last Wednesday in a combined ensemble of the San Diego Symphony and the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra lead by Maestro Valery Gergiev, and it was one of the most powerful musical experiences of my life. During our performance, the Mariinsky musicians played with an astounding level of confidence and commitment that propelled the SDSO to a level I’ve never experienced before. I wish you could have heard it.
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@sandiegosymphony and @mariinsky low brass for #Shostakovich7 with Maestro @v_gergiev I can not think of a better way to play Shosty 7 for the first time. Inspiring music with inspiring people. 🇺🇸 🇷🇺 Unforgettable night! 🎵 🎶 #wbmusic #basstrombone #lowbrass #shostakovich #viewfromthebackrow #sandiego #california #sandiegosymphony #altoclefdebut