Coventry Variations

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by jafe, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. jafe

    jafe Member

    hi everyone anybody played or looked at their parts for this yet if so, what are your opinions of the piece
  2. VenusTromster

    VenusTromster Member

    Hi. I played it last night with City of Cambridge. First time I've played/heard it. Not a bad piece, but I don't think I would be up to playing it for the next couple of months would do my head-in. Reminds me of Christmas...don't know why that is.
  3. backrowbloke

    backrowbloke Member

    yup..played it a couple of times now.
    from third cornet point of view, interesting piece but not difficult.
    big blow for the lower band and some wicked mute changes.

    liked it when i first heard it
  4. Are you guys talking about Cambridge Variations by Sparke?
  5. VenusTromster

    VenusTromster Member

    No, Coventry Variations by Bramwell Tovey, 1st section area test-piece.
  6. Rambo Chick

    Rambo Chick Member

    As a piece i can't decide if i like it or not (coventry variations). played through and started working on it at our band and i don't think im really lookin forward to workin on it for two months. but we shall see. and whats to be done has to be done i suppose....

    flugel, united co-op yorkshire
  7. Hehe ok... Thanks for renaming the topic ;)
  8. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

  9. BottyBurp

    BottyBurp Member

    I like it. Loads of interesting bits in it. The Chorale should improve stamina!
  10. Rambo Chick

    Rambo Chick Member

    You got that right! The chorale's a real lip killer!!! :evil:

    united co-op yorkshire
  11. horn1

    horn1 Member

    We've not spent much time on Coventry Variations yet, what we have done I like!! There are a few bits that raised a few eyebrows but I think as everyone gets to know the piece it should be more enjoyable for everyone!
  12. BreadOfHeaven

    BreadOfHeaven Member

    Maybe because the tune Coventry is a Christmas Carol!! :D It isn't overly used but it's definitely a Christmas tune! Used in Gaudate I think.
  13. floral_dance

    floral_dance Member

    My band is not playing Coventry Variations but I do love listening to it and will definitely be going into listen to some of the 1st section bands play it.
  14. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

    Or turn your lip into a quivering jelly if you blow through it first rehearsal back after christmas, just after "warming up" with fanfare prelude and just before a "quick blow through" Gregsons Variations on Laudate Dominum :?

    Should be a good piece once I get my lip back in :)
  15. BottyBurp

    BottyBurp Member

    In all honesty, I made the band do a fair bit on the Chorale as a sort of test or punishment, to determine who had been playing over Christmas :lol: and those that hadn't got their instruments out at all... :evil:
  16. timbloke

    timbloke Member

    I've said it before and i'll say it again...

    how am i supposed to get my cup mute out in the 6th variation...

    Didn't like it at first, but as we get better at playing it, it sounds a better piece. i think it'll grow on me... i hope it will.
  17. yorkyboy

    yorkyboy Member

    Our Trom has asked the same question!! We have found a few mistake s already without really rehersing it which is a bit annoying considering the cost of the music. I like the piece though and should split the bands up, especially the end and I think Variation 6 could be a deciding factor
  18. Phil Green

    Phil Green Supporting Member

    If anyone's interested Fodens will be performing this as part of our RNCM Festival of Brass Programme next Saturday night (17th). On this occasion we'll be conducted by Bram himself. :D

    Maybe you can grab him in the interval to ask your mute questions. ;-)
  19. Drew

    Drew New Member

    "not spent much time"

    That's a bit of an understatment ! We've been through it once (with half a band!), and we're not likely to touch it again until after Preston !

    By the way Phil, I'd get the RNCM to be very proactive with their security I anticipate their's going to be a few mini disc players smuggled in !
  20. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    :shock: i hope thats not the one i've just agreed to dep for!
    better get back in practise

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