Brass band composer injured in freak accident

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by James Yelland, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member


    A famous brass band composer has been injured in a freak accident at his home earlier today.

    Pat Lovely-Cropper, 35, was reaching for a box containing more than ten thousand semiquavers when it fell on his head.

    “I keep all my semiquavers in a large box on a top shelf”, a rueful Mr Lovely-Cropper explained. He went on: “I had just set my metronome to 180 beats per minute and was stretching up for the box before sitting down to write the slow movement of my new work, when my hand slipped and I found myself being showered with tiny black notes. To make matters worse some of them were accented and they were very painful, I can tell you”.

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued advice to all composers about the safe storage of notes following the incident. “We recommend that all notes are securely stored at no higher than chest level” said an HSE spokesman. “The only exceptions are pedal notes, which should be stored on the floor in a place where they cannot present a trip hazard. Anyone intending to lift the larger pedal notes, such as breves, should consider attending a manual handling course first to avoid the risk of back pain.”

    Mr Lovely-Cropper, whose injuries are not serious, said “Ironically, I had given my latest opus, which is cast in three movements, the working title of ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop’. But many of my previous pieces have had quite unusual titles and this incident has inspired a more personalised idea, one which incorporates my initials and which portrays the box as representing ‘something higher’ (or ‘i’r, as we used to say during my entirely fictional childhood in ‘Zummerzet’); something to reach out for, something almost unattainable, something distant”.

    The work will now be called “PL - ‘I’r Aloof’”.

  2. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Superb.... kudos... *bows in acknowledgment* :)
  3. grausue

    grausue Member


    It's a great day for it!
  4. Mattytheshark

    Mattytheshark Member

    :clap: Fantastic!
  5. euph77

    euph77 Member

    Thank you! That has made a good start to my day!
  6. sjs

    sjs Member

    Love it..nice to see a bit of imagination!
  7. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Active Member

    Serves him right, I say! I phoned Pat to check that he is OK and all is well apart from mild percussion.
  8. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Is that like a pounding headache?
  9. sjs

    sjs Member

    Is he now a noted composer? :rolleyes:
  10. animal.22

    animal.22 Member

    Now that was funny :)
  11. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Perhaps he now needs a long rest? :rolleyes:
  12. jezza23361

    jezza23361 Member

    About 30 years hopefully

  13. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Hence the expression "couldn't carry a tune in a box"?
  14. bbg

    bbg Member

    So the next time we read of a "falling semiquaver motif" in a test piece discussion, we know how it came about.............

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