The book “Orchestra games”, story of the experience with groups and orchestras made up of children and young people, inaugurates the new series that the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in collaboration with Edizioni Curci dedicates to music teaching. The author is Simone Genuini, current director of the JuniOrchestra, a youth team from Santa Cecilia to which more than five hundred young people adhere every year.
Genuini, who has conducted over 300 concerts of the orchestra of budding musicians, has followed thousands of young people between the ages of four and twenty over the years, teaching them to read between the lines of the score, understand the importance of breathing, get in touch with each other to share an ideal of sound. “Orchestra games” is aimed at exploring the “orchestra instrument” within the didactic and school groups. Ideas and experiences are offered in the form of play and creative exercise, alongside stimuli for reflection aimed at increasing the awareness of young instrumentalists during orchestral exercises. The manual deals with key issues of orchestral practice: the geography of the orchestra and the organization of spaces; rhythmic sharing (with examples in the score that can be adapted to the instrumental ensemble available); pitch control and much more. The volume is enriched by numerous video clips recorded with the JuniOrchestra boys to exemplify the topics covered.
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