Best Modern Cornet Solo

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Cornet Luke, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    Hi all,

    I'm bored of all the old styled cornet solos, and am looking for some more modern sounding pieces.
    I've been searching the internet, and quite like:

    Concertpiece for Cornet - James Curnow
    Emerald Skies - Paul Lovatt-Cooper
    Song and Dance - Philip Sparke
    Manhattan - Philip Sparke
    Jubilance - William Himes

    But I wonder if anyone could suggest a few more, or maybe pick your favourite and post it?

  2. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    what exactly do you mean by 'all the old...' ? Are you talking about Air Varies?
    What are you looking for in a solo - to challenge yourself, to develop, to perform? It can make a big difference to what you choose.

    There are dozens and dozens of cornet solos recorded by some amazing players - listen to as many as you can, and don't forget about Salvation Army players or pieces. And remember, a beautifully played slow melody can be a hundred times more impressive than a fast and flashy piece - listen to them too.
    If I had to pick just one I'd probably go with the Bells of Peover.
  3. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    I didn't want to narrow it down to 'not air-varies', as I know there are so decent modern styled varies.
  4. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    fair enough... so what exactly (or which solos) did you mean? :confused:
  5. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Hi Luke - I was about to put a thread up asking for Air Varies for Rory! :lol: Jubilance and Song and Dance are great - as has already been suggested, how about some of the S.A. pieces? Tucker and Life's Pageant are good. Why don't you get someone to write one for you - Simon Kernow and Kevin Birch have written a trio, quartet and solo for us, and we were able to tell them what the strengths and weakness were so that the piece was suitable. Wasn't very expensive either, and cheaper than buying different pieces that you may not like :D
  6. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    I meant solo's such as Zelda, Carnival of Venice, Macushla, I hear you calling me etc. Alex - just the regulars that have been played thousands of times...
    Thats a great idea actually Fiona! Will email them and see what they can offer :)
  7. Chippy_Cornet

    Chippy_Cornet Member

    Joyous Song - Richard Phillips (From SA repertoire)
  8. JR

    JR Member

    Prelude and Capriccio by Gregson

    Song and Dance is excellent - there are 2 bars in it if such awkwardness that I've only ever heard it played right once - by Hans Gansch

    John R
  9. Active Member

    Good shout, it's an extensive and demanding solo written for the 28th anniversary of the Canadian Staff Band in 1996.

    The following are also of the 'demanding' type;
    Life Abundant - Robert Redhead
    Golden Slippers - Norman Bearcroft
    Song of Exultation - Norman Bearcroft

    This is my Story - Krister Lundkvist, is a latin-style solo for cornet (or trumpet) based on the hymn 'Blessed Assurance'.
  10. Phil Green

    Phil Green Supporting Member

    Wilky used to play Howard Snell's cornet solo. Can't remember what it's called but do remember the band loved it and it really showed off soloist. He's on here so might read this and let us know what it was called.
  11. Phil Green

    Phil Green Supporting Member

    Golden Slippers?
  12. P_S_Price

    P_S_Price Member

  13. johnflugel

    johnflugel Active Member

    By modern do you mean ones that are not traditional theme and variations? I ask because Golden Slippers is 40 years old, Life Abundant must be around 30, Song of Exultation over 30 (?), Song and Dance must be near 20 years old and the Curnow must be nearly 15 now....
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012
  14. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Fantasy for Cornet perhaps? Based on ye olde Englishe tune 'summer is icumen in'.
  15. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    I like playing newer cornet solos too - something a little more original that hasn't been heard a million times before!

    The ones I really like are

    Grace by Leigh Baker (and this is my absolute favourite solo that I've ever played - audiences love it too)
    Whirlwind by Peter Graham (easier than it sounds!)
    Emerald Skies by Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    I'd like to play Fujiko by Andy Scott, it's a beautiful piece of music.
  16. Active Member

    That's the theory I was working on, John.
  17. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    If you're looking for something movement based, you could check out Peter Meechan's Manchester Concertino .

    I've also had a commission from Ben Tubb called "Metamorphosis", though I don't know if it's commercially available yet.....although I'm sure it will be after July.....
  18. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    By wanting a newer solo, I don't really mean time-wise... Maybe I worded the original question a bit vaguely! :p
    What I mean is exactly what Daisy Duck said - 'something a little more original that hasn't been heard a million times before!'

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone - I will have a listen to them all later on!
  19. Cornet Luke

    Cornet Luke Member

    That sounds great - will listen when I get the chance! :)
    I love Ben Tubb's music too!

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