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Range E3-E6 E3-G6 » no limitations
Key Signature » does not exceed 4 #s or 4 flats
» some accidentals
» some modulations
» no limitations
» more accidentals
» more modulations
» no limitations
» many accidentals
» frequent key changes
Meter » simple or compound meter
» some meter changes
» mixed simple and compund meter
» multiple meter changes
» no limitations
» complex
» frequent changes
Tempo » maximum tempo
beat=120
» maximum tempo
beat=132
» no limitations
Rhythm » most complex subdivision 16nd note » most complex subdivision 32nd note » no limitations
Dynamics » subtle changes
» may have some sudden changes
» mf-f altissimo register
» extreme changes
» mf-f altissimo register
» full dynamic range
» frequent extreme changes
» requires pp in altissimo register
Articulation » some short continuous tongued passages
» moderate tempo
» medium interval slurs
» moderately long tongued passages
» faster tempo
» large interval slurs
» extensive fast tonguing passages
» double tonguing
» any slurred interval
Ensemble » some unison passages
» somewhat contrapuntal
» more unison passages
» interweaving lines
» read from score
» challenging entrances
» challenging intonation
» complex rhythmic interaction
Extended Techniques » key clicks
» small pitch bends
» flutter tongue
» quarter tones
» glissandi
» simple multiphonics
» graphic notation
» any multiphonics
» circular breathing
» double tonguing

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