Help with A-Level Practical...........

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Huwsi, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Huwsi

    Huwsi New Member

    Hi, i've got an A-level practical exam at the end of this week and as some of you will know i need to introduce my pieces. I have chosen to play Dennis wright cornet cocerto an Fanfare de Niccolini out of the boroque trumpet concerto book (spelling?). But i don't know where i can get some info on the pieces. Is there any links i could try or maybe books i can use for this? I have looked on the internet but to no success. all help welcome:p

  2. Huwsi

    Huwsi New Member

    Any one? surely someone has some info?
  3. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    i tried looking this up for you and all i could find was info about Dennis Wright so maybe you could introduce the piece by saying it was one of his many pieces? I didn't reply because I didn't think it'd be worth mentioning :eek:) There's tons of info about him, but I couldn't find anything about the actual piece :eek:(
  4. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    how rude of me?! I didn't even wish you good luck!! Hope it all goes well :eek:)
  5. Anonymous_user

    Anonymous_user New Member

    Programme notes by Bram Gay on the CD The History of Brass Band Music - The Golden Era played by Grimethorpe

    "Cornet Concerto: Denis Wright (1942)
    The work, originally written for Cornet & Military Band, was subsequently rescored twice; for brass band - in which form it is played frequently - and for symphomy orchestra. It is in three movements, classical in form though necessarily on a miniature scale; a concertino rather than a full-blown concerto. Thematically it is Elgarian, and its slow movement particularly so, though there are some who would argue an even closer affinity with Tchaikovsky. The concerto is beautifully written for the solo instrument and the score in all its versions is ideally made. Denis Wright was a consumate craftsman, immaculate in both technique and taste.

    Dedicated to Harry Mortimer, who gave the first performance with the BBC Military Band under P.S.G. O'Donell. the concerto speaks volumes for the composers admiration for the player. Nearing ther end of his playing career, he was fated never to play the concerto with the brass band. Today it is in the repertoire of every first-rate cornetist."

    According to a recent World of Brass radio show John Maines informed us that it was first performed on a radio broadcast in February 1941.

    Hope this is of some use. Good luck with the exam.
  6. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    It was also written for Harry Mortimer, with his strengths in mind; notably the low register which features in the last movement.
  7. hmmm when I did mine last year I'm sure I just gave the was the Haydn Trumpet concerto... not definite on that but i got 98%. What exam board are you with? Im sure you'll be fine
  8. Bunnymonster

    Bunnymonster Member

    If you need any info on any music/musician/musical term it is always worth turning to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: most good libraries will have a set. Failing that there is also now the 'Grove Dictionary Online'. You might have to pay a small subscription but this resource is invaluable if you plan to continue with your musical studies.

    Good luck for your performance.
  9. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    We didn't have to do any introductions at all! I think our teacher just announced the titles on the recordings...we did do some programme notes though...

    Best of luck, I'm sure it'll go fine! :)
  10. Huwsi

    Huwsi New Member

    Cheers guys! Thanks for the goodluck gestgures! The piece is for My A-level practical exam and the intro to the pieces is 10% of the overall marks. which means i've got 2mins of babbleing to do! lol. With this i have to play for 12 mins. thats why i chose the first two movements and the Baroque thing. I've got the Haydn trumpet concerto coming up in a couple of weeks for my Grade 8- Good piece!
    Any info is welcome!

    Thanks again!!!!!!!
  11. stopher

    stopher Member

    Allright Nick

    Will see you in band and give you some stuff to blind the examiner with science (it might not be true but doubt he/she will know that!)

    I think actually that the Denis Wright was actually the 1st ever concerto for cornet (although I could be wrong). I know Roy Newsome wrote Denis Wright's autobiography if you could get hold of it, you could probably get some more - founder of NYBBGB, couldn't actually play a brass instruments (think it was bassoon!), 800 transcriptions for band etc etc.

    Don't think they actually mark you on the viva for A2 for WJEC. You're lucky that you actually have an examiner for it with WJEC and not a video recorder.
  12. Jimmy_2121

    Jimmy_2121 Member

    Hi Nick,

    Is it the WJEC board you are doing?
    If so pm me if you need further help, I teach the course at a college have been looking at the viva stuff with my students relatively recently.

  13. stopher

    stopher Member

    Doh!!! Got it wrong about the viva Nick - they do. It doesn't count at GCSE or AS - Just as well I stop at AS isn't it!!! Oh well! If i dont teach it, I dont want to know basically!
  14. My gosh

    My performance exam was alot different!

    We didn't have to do programme notes or give an introductionor anything.

    Instead we had to write a 2000 word performance investigation, where we have to write a comparison of two or three recordings of one of the pieces you're playing.


    Anyway, good luck for your recital!!!! You'll be fab!!!:D
  15. jmh3412

    jmh3412 Member

    Denis Wright is unusual among brass band stalwarts in being born in London, in 1895. His musical education was at the RCM and, after service in the Great War, he took up a job teaching music in schools. His first contact with the brass band world came in 1925 when he won a 100 guinea prize offered for an original band composition. This was Joan of Arc, adopted as the test piece for the National Championships in London that year. Seven other major works by him were test pieces: The White Rider (National, 1927), Overture for an Epic Occasion (National 1945), Princess Nada (Open, 1933), Music for Brass (Open, 1948), Tam O'Shanter's Ride (Open, 1956) and arrangements of Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Beethoven's 5th Symphony (both Open). Wright was General Musical Editor for Chappell & Co in London 1930-6 and was on the BBC's music staff 1936-66, during which time he composed works for brass band and orchestra together for use in BBC Light Music Festivals in 1957 and 1958, respectively entitled Casino Carnival and Cornish Holiday. He conducted and broadcast in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and on the Continent. He founded the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in 1951. He died in 1967, having given forty years' service to brass banding not to mention his work in other musical areas. He produced over a thousand scores, mainly arrangements of which 800 were published. Other important original compositions for band we have not yet mentioned were the Carol Sinfonietta, a Concerto for cornet and brass band, a Trio Concerto for for cornet, trombone and euphonium with band, a piece with several Elgarian moments, the Glastonbury Overture, the Salzburg Suite, the caprice Columbine and the attractive tone poem Tintagel. In other forms we may mention merely as examples the Romantica for brass quartet, the Two Passiontide Songs of 1930 (for solo voice), the partsong (SATB) Pibroch of Donuil Dhu (1925) and, for orchestra, the Dance Suite, Opus 17 for full orchestra and Sketches for Orchestra and the Suite in 18th Century Style, both for strings.
  16. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - there isn't really a lot about the Cornet Concerto though, is there? I played the last movement for my O-Level on cornet and never knew much background to it apart for the performance at one of the Nationals Gala Concerts.
  17. Huwsi

    Huwsi New Member

    Cheers for the reply's folks!

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