If you’re interested in taking a deep-dive in baroque orchestral repertoire, want to introduce regular, achievable goals into your practice regimen, or just want to keep your reading ability and technique fresh in 2021, joining the ‘practice circle’ should be a New Year’s Resolution.

Every month throughout the year we will take a look at an important baroque orchestral work in the canon which every bassoonist should know. Works will be seasonally appropriate (Christmas Oratorio in November and December, for example) and there will also be two opportunities for participants to vote on repertoire-of-the-month.

Participants will be given a series of excerpts from the work of the month and are encouraged – but not required – to record and send in the final video (just off of your phone is fine!) to be posted into the practice circle feed – fear not, the feed is private and only viewable by other participants. I find making a video of the excerpt gives a much greater sense of conclusion to the task of preparing it. Once the video is recorded, whether I am proud of it or not, I feel like I can ‘move on’.

Videos will be made monthly about the repertoire in question and links to helpful recordings and other relevant material will also be provided regularly. Participants will have access to all of the content from the Ozi Project (over 90 posts!).

Most importantly: you don’t have to be playing a period bassoon! This is project is above all about music appreciation and technical preparedness.

If you are not currently a patron, please sign up on or after January 1st (Patreon will also charge you for the month of December if you join too early!).

All the Best for 2021, Andrew

Here is an example video created for the Ozi Project

What are some of the works that will be covered in the Orchestral Excerpt Project?

  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
  • Bach’s St. John Passion
  • Bach’s 1st and 4th Orchestral Suites
  • Bach’s Mass in B Minor
  • And Much, Much More!
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