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These volumes are designed to help you more fully prepare for orchestral auditions and performances. The process involves de-constructing the materials to the most basic playing principles and th en gradually reapplying the complexities on a better foundation. The exercises are extraordinarily useful even if you are not preparing an audition. These books represent McGregor's thirty-five years of experience at the major orchestra level (Baltimore Symphony, eleven years; Los Angeles Philharmonic, twenty-four years).A major pedagogical triumph, ...a giant step beyond conventi onal excerpt books, ...a gold mine, ...he literally encircles and traps each of the Audition excerpts, leaving it no way out but the right one. And sometimes he plays with it like the cat wit h the mouse. Volume II? Debussy: La Mer; Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand; Respighi: Pines of Rome; Strauss: Don Juan.