Playing Mozart looks so simple. I have probably five or six different pitches in the whole piece, and trumpet parts usually just double the timpani. It's incredible exposed and delicate. It's like the pursuit of the perfect over-easy egg; keep the shell out, and don't cook it too much or too little. Figuring out how loud or soft to play, and how much accent to put in is a trick.
Practicing Wicked is more like making an omelette. A little shell in the mix doesn't matter as long as I have lots of ham and cheese. The picture above is my setup for practicing wicked. Two horns, five mutes, and a laptop with video of the conductor. Today until the show starts I'll try and run half of the show so I'm ready without being burnt out.
I haven't practiced as much as I hoped for Wicked. The music isn't the problem - it's familiar to me from last time - it's just very physically demanding and I hoped I'd have more chops by now. Since last time, I did buy a new mouthpiece which will make it a little easier.
Hopefully there's not too much egg on my face once we start performing.
I want to be eggcelent.