Brass players will know what I mean - and other wind instrument players may, too, for all I know. Playing a brass instrument is an intensely physical activity. The muscles involved are principally in the face - though the diaphragm can get very fatigued as well. But it is the face - the embouchure that is doing the work. And it is the lips that are the heavy lifters. And my lower lip gets exhausted easily. I cannot carry on, particularly playing high notes, for as long as I used, and cannot as reliably hit high notes any longer.
Nevertheless, I think it will be all right. As I said, no time to write much now, but the pieces we are playing are:
- The Moldau - Smetana
- L’Après-Midi d’Un Faune - Debussy
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Dukas
- Dvorak's Cello Concerto