How long do you spend working up a test piece?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Jezzabell, Mar 29, 2004.

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How long do you work on a test piece for before a contest?

  1. under a week

    57.1%
  2. 1-2 weeks

    6.5%
  3. 3-4 weeks

    7.8%
  4. 5-6 weeks

    7.8%
  5. longer!

    20.8%
  1. Jezzabell

    Jezzabell Member

    Not sure if this 1s been covered! but we spent just over 2 weeks running up to the areas on our test piece, and I was wondering how long everyone else spends? (on average)
     
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  3. drummergurl

    drummergurl Active Member

    for the areas my band started rehearsin it in january
     
  4. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    we started in January as I remember it...
     
  5. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    We started work on Tristan after Christmas :?

    Was a looooooooong 3 months!
     
  6. Hollso

    Hollso Member

    We got Vizcaya out in november! We wanted to 'break it's back' and then twiddle with it etc.
     
  7. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    I normally allow six weeks but much will depend on the band's other commitments and the difficulty of the piece. With Tristan we had five weeks (following a contest and a major concert) but we used our time more intensively than usual and included a couple of extra rehearsals in the week before the contest.

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  8. Euph-Bari

    Euph-Bari Active Member

    We only started work on Coventry 4 weeks before, when we got our new conductor - we had looked at at a bit before christmas though but not much
     
  9. Tuba Dave

    Tuba Dave Member

    we started in january as well on Coventry variations.

    I heard that Zone 0ne brass only had 4 rehersals. :shock:
     
  10. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    From End of Christmas? So basically just over 3 months ... :?
     
  11. louise0502

    louise0502 Member

    got it out just before xmas, but really rehearsed it after xmas
     
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  13. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    We had a few blow throughs in Nov, to get adjusted, then hard work after Jan. About 3½ months.
     
  14. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    The band started on Kaleidescope in January and I started practises in feburary, got very bored after about 3 weeks though... but the work paid off in the end :D

    In theory if the band can technically play the parts I think two weeks is long enough to work up a piece.
     
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I know this is not my band, and is probably exceptional, but I was talking to Simon Dobson of Zone One Brass at the Areas, and he was regretting the fact that they had only managed 4 rehearsals on Coventry Variations.
     
  16. Dave1

    Dave1 Member

    We looked at Vizcaya before Xmas then picked up with it on return in January. Never really had a full rehearsal till the week before but that is usual I'm afraid for a lot of bands.
    Rehearsing test pieces is down to how settled the band are, and what piece you are playing. I think 4-6 weeks is pretty reasonable.
     
  17. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    If the players can all play the notes I think 4/5 rehearsals is all you need really. Obviously the lower down the sections you go, the more time you need to spend note bashing rather than shaping the music. I cant remember when we started on Kaleidescope but I think it was about mid January when it started completely taking over every rehearsal.
     
  18. AJSOP

    AJSOP Member

    Yea, just over 2 wks, with the last wk being most nights.
     
  19. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    far too long. I would like to be in the 4 rehearsal brigade!
     
  20. Jezzabell

    Jezzabell Member

    tru AJ! but to be honest we dint really need them did we!? It dint help however only having a full band on the sat, n the conest was on the sun!
     
  21. I like this topic. I think that a short run up to a test piece is good because it keeps the mottifs and ideas fresh and your performance will always have a positive intuitive energy about it. Keeping tests on the stands for ages has obvious benefits but can make a performance sound to mechanical and over-rehearsed. It's good when you can balance a healthy new energy towards music whilst still feeling the sentiment of playing a cracker contest performance of a good piece that you've grown attatched to over a period of time.
     
  22. eckyboy

    eckyboy Member

    Early January for Tristan with real work 4 weeks before-came 5th so maybe should have done a wee bit more.
     

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