Small nws excemption3 Bach: "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben!" from St. Matthew Passion

Orchestral Excerpts | Mark Sparks, Flute
Bt movie not in use Obbligato solo with soprano, features a rhythmic pulsing accompaniment 00h:01m:10s
Bt movie not in use Demonstration of excerpt 00h:01m:45s
Bt movie not in use Control the range of expression, don't over-romanticize but also don't inhibit the soloistic character 00h:03m:03s
Bt movie not in use Dynamic should grow naturally as the line ascends 00h:03m:52s
Bt movie not in use Pay attention to harmonic shift in measure 9, give time for the harmony to settle in and register 00h:04m:14s
Bt movie not in use Hold the fermata in measure 11 with authority 00h:04m:48s

Mark Sparks, Principal Flute of the Saint Louis Symphony, demonstrates and discusses the flute solo from Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Johann Sebastian Bach



Recorded Date: 05-09-2013

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Mark Sparks

Mark Sparks was appointed Principal Flute of the St. Louis Symphony by the late Hans Vonk in 2000. He is a frequent soloist with the Symphony and other orchestras and has performed in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, South America, and Asia. He has appeared as Guest Principal Flutist with many ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic.

Prior to his appointment in St. Louis Sparks was Associate Principal Flute with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, and Principal Flute of the San Antonio Symphony and the Memphis Symphony. He began his career as Principal in the Canton Ohio Symphony and in Venezuela with the Caracas Philharmonic.

In the summer of 2013 Sparks returned to the Aspen Music Festival and School where he is an artist-faculty member and Principal Flute of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He also taught his fourth annual master class at Missouri's Innsbrook Institute, and joined the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Sparks is an enthusiastic teacher and maintains a private studio in St. Louis. He is a former full-time faculty member of the Peabody Institute, and frequently presents clinics and recitals in the U.S. and abroad. Sparks has recorded two solo albums, appearing on the Summit and AAM labels, and a new recording of French repertoire for flute and piano is planned for release in 2013. Sparks is also an avid writer about flute playing, and is a regular contributor to Flute Talk magazine's feature "From the Principal's Chair."

Born in 1960 and raised in Cleveland and St. Louis, Sparks graduated Pi Kappa Lambda from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Willoughby, winning the 1982 Oberlin Concerto Prize.