At my dear wife's prompting, I decided to audition in Barcelona. Two lifelong dreams, in exhilarating conjunction: a visit to Spain, & an audition for a chair in a professional orchestra!
Should really have been practicing before, but I was exhausted Saturday, needed to be sociable with the choir after church on Sunday. At last, I put the clarinet together Monday, for 45 minutes - not solid playing, as I review the excerpts. Most seem as though they will fall under the fingers fairly easily ... a few, of course, will take serious practicing.
Tues, 3 June. Played a solid half hour's practice, running through the Mozart. I need a lot of practice, & I need to build up endurance ... but I think there is time enough.
Wed, 4 June. Good 45 mins of practice. Ran Mozart, & stage I excerpts, also played some Bach for stamina. As if in support of the whole endeavor, Mark E. sends to ask if I might play an opening voluntary on Sunday! Will put together the cl./org. arr. of Exaltabo Te, Deus.
Thu, 5 June. Weather change, tired in the evening ... rested from practice. Met at last with Tom P. Tom was very warm about the news that I am going to audition in Barcelona. He is almost as excited about it as I am myself!
Fri, 6 June. Had been planning to go to the music shop by Symphony Hall for a music stand; but as I waited at Park St, had the happy thought of stopping at the mall [en route to Petersham]. Got out of work early; so I arrived at the monastery good & early. Found not only a music stand, but a clarinet stand as well. Played 40 minutes, good stamina. Ready to begin twice-daily routine tomorrow. Fr Michael gave me the Traveler's Blessing.
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