British Open Test Piece

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by DRG, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. DRG

    DRG Member

    From 4br:-
    When was this announced, don't remember seeing anything about it anywhere?

    Glad he's back though, should make for a great days contesting.
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    The article isn't too clear whether he has written this year's Open test or whether they are reminiscing. If he has, it must have been some slip or discrete leak from the 4BR team.
  3. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    I've known for ages!!!
  4. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - tell us more then ;) Is it another influence from the past? A tribute or whatever?
  5. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    I dont know anything more.... I can't quite remember how I knew Wilby was writing for it in the first place... but i did, somehow!
  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - it's given me an idea what it could be based on ... but until I ask around I won't say! ;)
  7. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member

    Which musician's birthday has been celebrated recently?

    Hmm, I wonder...

  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - Mmmmmmmm ... there's 365 days in a year ... ;)
  9. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member

    Yes but there is only one celebrity musical birthday this year (or so it seems)

  10. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Mmmmmmm ... Oooooooooooooh ... I'll sleep on this one ;) (A minor task! ... & it better not be a turkey hunt!)
  11. DRG

    DRG Member


    If I were a betting man ....
  12. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Yes indeed. Joseph Horovitz - 80 years old and still going.
  13. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    "technical showcases, full of pyrotechnics, tricks and effects and huge over the top finishes"

    That's about the shape of most of the test pieces we get these days. I hope it's easier on the ear than much of the stuff that winds up deciding major competitions of late. They certainly test the band, but for the majority there's no music in them. Why is it so hard to write a testing piece that an audience would enjoy?

    Compare the audiences at the yorkshire area championships when one of the big 4 are on stage (still plenty of seats) and at a proper concert given by any of them (not even room to stand at the back.)

    Contesting risks descending into irrellevancy if the material presented remains as frequently unlistenable as it is.

    Just my (slighty controversial) opinion.
  14. yorkie19

    yorkie19 Active Member

    You mean the 65th anniversary of Otis Redding's birth on 9th September?
  15. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    Is everyone else taking a break from birthday's this year then?!
  16. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - maybe ... for the sake of art (but not Garfunkel) ;)
  17. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    take you a while to come up with that one sir?
  18. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ;) ... well I did say I would sleep on it (ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz!)

    (personally since it is the centenary of Ray Charles birth this year, it would be interesting to hear some piece based on his themes).
  19. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    a little night thinkin eh???
    Hmmm interesting thought on Mr Charles though!!!
  20. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member

    You got it. "Symphonic Transfigurations of 'Under the Boardwalk' for Brass & Percussion" will soon be announced as the test piece for the Open - mark my words.


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