It may be of general interest to see an actual audition list for a major orchestra. Following is the list of requirements for 4th horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, however with just a few changes it could be a list for an aspiring clarinetist.
I. Solos (need not be memorized)
Cello Suite No. 1 – Courante (sounding at concert pitch; no repeats)
Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb major, K.417 – mvt I (no cadenza)
II. Orchestra Passages
*Those candidates in the final round may be asked to play the asterisked (*) excerpts with BSO members as part of the audition.
Symphony No. 9 – mvt III
Piano Concerto No. 2 – mvt II
Symphony No. 4 – mvts I and II
Symphony No. 9 – mvt I
Symphony No. 3 – mvt I
Symphony No. 3 – mvt II
Daphnis & ChloŽ (complete) – Durand Edition rehearsal numbers: 151 – 152 and 202 to the end
Symphony No. 5 – mvt I
Don Quixote – rehearsal numbers: 9 – 12, 19 – 20, 34 – 35, 47 – 48, and 52 – 63
Ein Heldenleben – rehearsal numbers: 3 – 38, 75 – 80, and 94 – 98
Das Rheingold – opening
*Der FreischŁtz Overture
*Symphony No. 3 – Trio
*Symphony No. 1 – mvt I: opening
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo
Kammersymphonie No. 1 (chamber version) – rehearsal numbers: 28 – 30 and 74 – 76
Alpensinfonie – rehearsal numbers: 15 – 22 and 110 – 112
III. Sight Reading
This is a 4th horn audition list for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
I do not find this any surprise, but might not wish to take such an audition myself(at my age), but I have, and any aspring clarinetist should expect no less. Whatever preparation that is necessary….is necessary.
Looking at the list,it is interesting to note that this could be an audition for a clarinet position with just a few changes. One would add the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, which is included on every clarinet audition I have ever taken or even heard about. All of the composers mentioned above have similar difficulties within the clarinet parts.