Band Pieces with Narration

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  1. chris.neufeld

    chris.neufeld Member

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    Other than Tubby the Tuba, are there any other pieces for Brass Band with narration?
     
  2. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

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    Elgar Howarth: Fireworks

     
  3. James Yelland

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    Joseph Turrin: Prologue
    Roger Payne: The Little Swallow and the Happy Prince
    Andy Scott: The Battle of Barossa
    Andy Scott: Spirit of Mingus
    William Walton arr. Edward Watson: Suite from Henry V
    Luke Carver Goss: Pure Gold - a 4 x 4 Relay
    Philip Wilby: Brass
    Peter Graham: Radio City (Trombone Concerto)

    And I've always thought that you could read Masefield's poem Cargoes over the introductions to Ray Steadman-Allen's Seascapes, but that's unofficial.

    I'm sure there are plenty more but it's late now and I can't bring them to mind.

    Good luck!
     
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  4. Matt the Baritone

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    The ones that come to mind

    Zulu- Battle of Rorke Drift
    Battle of Trafalgar
    Barbarian Horde

    Sure there are loads more though...
     
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    Couple of Salvation Army ones:

    William Himes: Jericho Revisited
    Robert Redhead: Deus Vobiscum
     
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  8. James Yelland

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    There is also:

    • Lincoln Portrait (Copland arr. someone or other)
    • The Royal Game (Philip Harper)

    Both of these pieces have been recorded but the narrations leave something to be desired. The phoney American accent in the former (Sellers International Band) gets worse as the piece progresses. And the person who narrates The Royal Game (Leyland Band), who as far as I can see from the sleeve notes has wisely decided to remain anonymous, sounds like he was rejected for the Cillit Bang advert on the grounds of excessive enthusiasm.
     
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    The King With the Terrible Temper - Edrich Siebert

    (I seem to remember this is more of a comedy item than a serious piece of music)
     
  10. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

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    The Canadian Staff recording of "Logos" (R.S.-A.) had some narration - don't know whether it was official and made it into the published version ... ?
     
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    Joseph Horovitz : The Dong with a Luminous Nose
     
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    Kirklees Music have one....
    This is Your Band, Gordon Higginbottom .
    An introduction to the Brass Band, each section being introduced and featured in turn, joining together at the end. The title is adjustable as your bands name is substituted for the word YOUR.
     
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    Dong? are you sure?
     
  15. James Yelland

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    What are you querying? The word, or whether the piece includes narration? The word is correct, the title being taken from the poem of the same name by Edward Lear, written in an age when 'dong' was just a nonsense word and nothing more. I don't think Horovitz's piece has a part for narrator though, although, like Seascapes above, there's no reason why you couldn't insert relevant lines from the poem into the score.
     
  16. Ianroberts

    Ianroberts Well-Known Member

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    Any piece of music with "Dong" in the title gets my vote !!!
     
  17. cockaigne

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    The Edward Watson arrangement of the Henry V music is fantastic. The narration moved me almost to tears during a performance at college, but then I was attempting to play baritone at the time...

    I suppose 'unofficial' narration could be easily provided for any piece of music; just give the conductor a lapel mic and you get a ready-made sing-along/commentary/grumble track :)
     
  18. Anglo Music Press

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    That always goes down well.
     
  19. Ianroberts

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    Years ago we did Ladaute Dominum with the Martin Luther King speach being narrated over the top of it, went down quite well.
     
  20. Backrowdiva

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    Is this a brass band version of young persons guide to the orchestra? Or Bill Baileys guide to the orchestra?
     
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