Art of Phrasing

An online tutorial series that aims to guide the audience through the intricacies of phrasing.

"I don't need words. It's all in the phrasing."
Louis Armstrong
American jazz musician

In this series, we feature renowned educators in Southeast Asia to lead you through the essential elements in the art of phrasing. Several common band and orchestral excerpts will be used to demonstrate these ideas. This tutorial series will definitely come in handy in helping you and your ensemble to tackle these barriers. The Art of Phrasing series is an initiative by The Rondo Production and is supported by Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA).

PHRASING IS LIKE STORYTELLING

In storytelling, we can make the narrative more compelling by placing an emphasis on selected words, or by altering the speed of our delivery. Similar strategies can be adopted in music making.

PHRASING IS A KIND OF LANGUAGE

Reading music can sometimes be compared to the reading of text. Our eyes naturally search for structure; we connect the dots to make sense of smaller phrases, and to conclude with a bigger picture.

PHRASING PRESENTS YOUR CHARACTER THROUGH MUSIC

Phrasing is more often instinctive. Thus, different musicians phrase a section of music differently. These variations in phrasing differentiate one musician from another.

OUR CURATORS

BERNICE OOI

Violin,
Royal Swedish Orchestra

HOWARD NG

Artistic Leader,
Ensemble Virama

TAN YAO CONG

Artist Faculty,
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

OUR PRESENTERS

ANDREW FILMER

Senior Lecturer,
Sunway University

JAMES NG

Founding Member,
Bossa Celli, Singapore

EUGENIA LOU

Founding Member,
Ensemble Virama

KENNETH CHIA

Founder,
Tuning Fork Music

LAWRENCE FONG

Asst. Principal Clarinet,
Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra

SCARLET GOUK

Postgraduate, 
Eastman School
of Music

CHESTER KANG

Freelance bassoonist
& entrepreneur

LAU WEN RONG

Section Trumpet,
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

TAN CHAI SUANG

French Horn,
China National Centre for Performing Arts Orchestra

LANCE
LOW

Bass Trombone,
Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Finland

VINCENT
TAN

Founding Member,
K口U, Singapore

TUTORIAL VIDEOS

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Saxophone

Bassoon

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

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MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543 

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – II. Andante Con Moto

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 – II. Adagio non troppo

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SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals – V. The Elephant

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BIZET Carmen – Prelude to Act III / Intermezzo

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REED El Camino Real

TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite – No. 1 Scène

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RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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BIZET L’arlésienne Suite No.2 – II. Intermezzo

SPARKE Theatre Music – II. Entr’acte

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RAMEAU Les Indes Galante – Les Sauvages

DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore – Una furtiva lagrima

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VERDI Aida – Triumphal March

HOLST Second Suite in F major – II. Song without Words

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 – III. Poco Allegretto

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol – II. Variazioni

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WILSON 76 Trombones

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 – Movement IV 

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HOLST Second Suite in F major – I. March

GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry

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GRAINGER Lincolnshire Posy

HEED In Storm and Sunshine March