Composers 'R' Us

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by HBB, Jan 12, 2003.


Who is YOUR favourite composer/arranger?

  1. Philip Sparke

  2. Goff Richards

  3. Howard Snell

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  4. Philip Wilby

  5. Eric Ball

  6. Peter Graham

  7. Jacob De Haan

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  8. Frank Bernearts

  9. other (see my note)

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  10. Composers of the area testpieces! (just for Rodger)

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  1. HBB

    HBB Active Member

  2. Hilary Mateer

    Hilary Mateer Member

    Peter Graham
  3. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Setting up a poll such as this is rather like opening up a can of worms. The scope is so wide, and there are likely to be those holding widely differing opinions. For me there are also great differences between music I like playing and that which I like listening to. There are a number of pieces that are great to listen to, including some of the Eric Ball classics, which actually take an awful lot of playing, and you wonder whether all the effort is worthwhile.

    I have selected Philip Wilby, as I feel he has given us a number of notable works, challenging for the players but approachable for listeners. Revelation and Dove Descending inparticular, when played well, can have a tremendous impact. As for other names, what about Ray Steadman Allen, Gilbert Vinter or Torsten Aagaard-Nilsen, not forgetting anyone who can write bass parts with sufficient interest and variety!
  4. Wonky_Baton

    Wonky_Baton Active Member

    My vote goes to Alan Catherall or other as the poll goes. I particuarly liked his version of Bohemian Rhapsody and Jurassic Park. 8)

    On top of that he is also a nice bloke :lol:
  5. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    This may be so - but isn't it fun!
  6. LU-Brasser

    LU-Brasser Member

    I like pieces from Derek Bourgeois (Serenade, The Devil, Concerto Grosso) they're very well :p :lol:
  7. hornblower

    hornblower Member

    have to agree with wonky, Alan C gets my vote too.... :p
  8. davidsait

    davidsait Member

    We're in the process of rehearsing for a film music concert at the moment, and as such we've just started rehearsing a load of Alan Catherall music. It is indeed excellent stuff.
  9. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Phillip Sparke, if nothing else then for the 2nd movement of Year Of the Dragon... words can't descibe it.. (well they probably could but they wouldn't be good enough :D ).
  10. midwalesman

    midwalesman Member


    I like Wilfrid Heaton ( Contest Music ), Phillip Wilby ( Jazz and Masquarade ) but the Daddy is Derek Bourgeois ( Devil and the Deep Blue Sea )
  11. jonford

    jonford Member

    oh dear, how did Frank Bernaerts make the list!! I. To be fair he has done some good arrangements especially for youth and lower section bands, although I have known some bands to play too much of his music which can get a bit the same if you know what I mean! One moment in time must be one of his best arrangements tho.
  12. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member


    for contest works, has to be Gilbert Vinter for me - for general brass arranging, then Mark Freeh is the man!
  13. Tuba Girl

    Tuba Girl Member

    Everybody is missing out the best test piece of all time.
    PRAGUE!!!!! by Judith Bingham. She should be up there. Some of her other compositions are good.

    Seriously Year of the Dragon, Paganni Variations, English Heritage (cracking bass part) Revelation. These are works of art. Top composers!!!!! 8) 8) 8)
  14. neiltwist

    neiltwist Active Member

    prague is a good piece!

    english heritage is so much better though! year of the dragon!
  15. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    For me it has to be the great Eric Ball - Resurgam. Say no more.

    Rach x
  16. picju96

    picju96 Member

    Ooooh we played that on thursday too! Year of the dragon is great too.
  17. Lizziejayne

    Lizziejayne New Member

    For me it has to be Phillip Sparke - I also agree that the 2nd movement of Year of the Dragon is outstanding
  18. ted

    ted Member

    Philip Sparke gets my vote.
    Tallis Variations
    Variations on an Enigma
    Harmony Music (I can start liking this piece again because I don't have to play it anymore)

    and most impressive of all is his arrangment of "Walking in the Air" (The Snowman)

    however, being a euphonium player I also like Wilby for making euphonium players feel important.
  19. Heather

    Heather Member

    All the above are great composers and help to make banding very enjoyable (most of the time) by the pieces they have written but I would like to make a mention of Darrol Barry.
    I'm sure every band on here has at least one Darrol Barry piece in its library and they are always really good pieces with loads of interest for all instruments and always crowd pleasers. Remember 'A Salford Sinfonietta' anybody?
    He's an excellent arranger and composer and one of the best qualities I feel he has is that he can write for all standards of bands.
  20. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Eric ball wrote some fantastic stuff to play.
    Played Kensington Concerto (SOLO BARITONE) at Nationals last year off NUMBER 1 DRAW.
    Great piece to play
    But the number one composer for me would have to be
    GILBERT VINTNER: A composer who sadly died before he really got into writing for brassbands at any great length.
    If he had lived for longer just think what he would have produced for us to play.
    My favorite piece he wrote was ;JAMES COOK CIRCUMNAVIGATOR.
    My first British Open Contest was to hear JOHN O GAUNT i was only 4 yeares old and as the second band started playing it i said "NOT THIS PIECE AGAIN" so iwas taken around the ZOO for the rest of the day.:-D

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