This piece is like a morning meditation, with the slow and peaceful pulse of the sunrise. Very gradually build to the main crescendo at bars 44 to 46, where the golden orb has risen over the horizon, the day has begun – we are awake and aware, thankful for the magic of dawn. This is technically harder to play than one might first imagine – control of the tone through good breath support over long phrases, combined with moving the lower lip position forward or back as the dynamics dictate. Tapering phrase ends by raising the air angle as one decreases the dynamic in order to maintain good intonation at the same time is always challenging, especially when we also include vibrato for more tonal colouring. All of these elements are required for a good rendition.

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Level of Difficulty: ★★★½☆


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