How To Learn An Orchestral Reduction

  1. Declare valiantly that you will learn the orchestral reduction exactly as written because of the small fortune spent on fancy conservatory training.
  2. Develop insecurities about your technical ability, practice habits, and value of aforementioned training.
  3. Curse the editor, who forgot that humans have only ten fingers and probably couldn’t play the stupid reduction either.
  4. Listen to recordings and/or study the full score. Recognize the ingenuity of the composer while continuing to curse the editor who tried to cram every note into the reduction.
  5. Swallow pride and reduce the orchestral reduction. Does this make it an orchestral concentrate? (Tee hee. My husband will be proud of that one.)
  6. Practice, practice, practice.

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