Just the other day I heard a singer using the opening melody of The Rite of Spring as a warmup.
This seemingly trivial moment opened some mental floodgates…
Of course we’re limited to our instrumentation. There is no singer in Stravinsky’s Rite. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t experience the ecstasy of playing the opening melody if some of us don’t own a bassoon.
Playing music written for other instrumentation can be eye opening, letting us explore the vocabulary of a composer we couldn’t otherwise and gain more familiarity with our own instrument.