Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Blagger, Aug 16, 2015.
As a test piece where would you place this? 4th section? Bottom 3rd?
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If memory serves, "Dimensions" was 2nd section qualifiers sometime early '90s. It depends on whether or not one subscribes to the idea that testpieces get easier to play as they get older. Personally, I'd consider it much too challenging for 4th section. A good 3rd section band might make a decent attempt.
It was 1984, Gareth. (Yes, makes me feel old too!). I haven't played or heard it since, but remember it being a great piece, but tricky. Still 2nd section, IMO. There was no 1st section in those days, of course, so not a direct comparison.
A decent 3rd Section band could play this I reckon. Cracking piece....
Ah, OK. I checked the Brass Band Results webpage, because I definitely wasn't conducting in 1984, and it seems it was reset for the areas in 1992 as well (still 2nd section), by which time I think there was a 1st section (?), which is where I remember conducting it.
Wow, Quite a rare recurrence, that.
That's good news. I ran through it last rehearsal and the band liked it. Suits the strengths of our band. Last time I played it was at college in 87! Still got plenty to offer I reckon. Any time I've heard it since bands have tried to play it too fast IMO
IMHO Dimensions and Music for a Festival are the top two lower section test pieces most difficult to get a good reading.
Layering the performance is so difficult. 2nd section for me for Dimensions.
Dimensions was Butlins 2nd Section around 2007
Darwen Brass played it at contests while still in fourth section if I remember correctly. Got some decent results all considering too, however it was Music for a festival that got quite a few first prizes for them while I was still with them.
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We played this in the 3rd section (there is no 4th section) at the scaba Autumn Contest in 2013 and won. It is a really good piece that tests most sections of the band.
According to BBR it was 2003 and 3rd Section......
Its been used several times in the last few months as an Own Choice including a few wins, although it hasnt been set for a while.....time for a reappearance perhaps? I'd like a crack at it at the areas next year....
Definitely third section, we are working it up at the minute and are 3rd as of 2016. Some tricky runs, back row cornet parts, gorgeous solos for PC and Euph, all in 8 minutes and change. One of the most "perfect" test pieces in the truest sense of the word - everyone and everything gets a good going-over, maybe the only thing lacking is percussion, just kit & a bit of timps.
"Dimensions" remains one of my all-time favourite test pieces. Along with "Essay" - Edward Gregson. I'd say it was either 2nd section test piece, or a 3rd section pet project! But I think it's a great piece to try and work up to standard - the better test pieces are often more achievable because they're just so damn fun to play!
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