Ideas for Oboe and Violin solos accompanied by brass band?

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  1. jimmythesaint

    jimmythesaint Member

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    Has anybody got any ideas about possible solos for either Oboe and Violin that could be accompanied by Brass Band. A few are obvious, this is what I have come up with so far!

    Oboe
    Gabriels Oboe (Morricone)

    Violin
    Riverdance
    Gaelforce

    There is also something out of Cry of the Celts I seem to think would work.

    The reason for all of this is...

    I have just had a new collegue start teaching at my school who until a year ago, was a professional Oboeist and his wife a Professional Violinist.
    With the commitment of teaching, they do not find much opportunity to play in large concerts... this got my mind working (and by jove did that hurt!).

    I thought that by adding a couple of numbers including these intruments would add another dimension to our concerts. I know it has been done before so I am just trying to find out other peoples ideas for repertoire!

    Thanks in advance guys!!

    James Pearson
    Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band
     
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    How about Canteloube's "Bailero (Shepherd's Song)" on oboe, and I should imagine something like "Share my yoke" would go alright , so long as the accompaniment is thinned out.

    For violin, what about the "Meditation from Thais", or "Lark in the Clear Air"?
     
  3. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

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    How about the band playing Blaze Away as you set fire to the oboe and the violin! :lol: :lol:
     
  4. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

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    Now THAT is a good idea :lol: :D :lol:
     
  5. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

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    Re: Ideas for Oboe and Violin solos accompanied by brass ban

    The original performances (and recording) of Cry of the Celts by YBS featured extensive fiddle work in a couple of the movements. There seem to be multiple versions of the piece, with different instrumentation.
     
  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    I've just remembered that Ronald Binge's "The Watermill" was originally written for oboe.
     
  7. Lucky Beaver

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    How about Schindler's List for violin. There is also an arrangement of the finale from Mendelssohn Violin Concerto for Eb horn solo...no idea what key it is in and how easy it would be to put the violin back in though.

    Was it the Brideshead Revisited theme that had a big oboe solo? I'm sure that must've been arranged for band if it is.
     
  8. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

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    Czardas was a violin solo originally wasn't it? :wink:
     
  9. Gorgie boy

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    I have a recording of the Royal Marines Band playing 'The Ashokan Farewell' which is a 'nice' piece of music. On this recording a solo violin is featured.

    Paul Drury
    Edinburgh Gorgie SA Band
     
  10. Australian Euphonium

    Australian Euphonium New Member

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    Czardas, Zeigunerweisen plus a few others that have slipped my mind at this time are all originally violin solos

    After swallowing all my pride I can say that I reckon only the violin does them full justice. - Brass Band accom. would probably contrast well with the string timbre.
     
  11. jambo

    jambo Member

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    None! Arrange away but a violin and a brass band? U gonna mic it up?
     
  12. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

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    Shouldn't be much different from accompanying a flugel or a euphonium solo. The difference in the timbre will make the violin stand out somewhat. If a violinist can be heard above a full orchestra when playing a solo, they can probably be heard above a band (asssuming that the band is a little bit sensitive, which may be too much to ask :) )
     
  13. bigcol

    bigcol Member

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    Greggs Bakery Band did something like that a few years back on a CD. You might wanna try them.
     
  14. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

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    How about a percussion duet involving two large hammers???
     
  15. jimmythesaint

    jimmythesaint Member

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    Thankyou (most of you! :x ) for your serious replies. Keep them coming cos' I think I might be on to a good one here!!
    Thanks again! :p
    James
     
  16. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

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    For Oboe - how about an arrangement of the Nightingale...?
     
  17. twigglet

    twigglet Member

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    Whiter shade of pale/Air on a G string is always nice on a violin
     
  18. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    DP arranged a Double Violin Concerto with 10 Piece accompaniment. (Can't remember the composer.)

    If you ask him nicely. he might let you borrow it...
     
  19. Highams

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    Back in 1976, Hanwell recorded an LP with Meditation (Thais) arranged by Geoffrey Brand with Rodney Friend as violin soloist from the London Philharmonic.
    Eric Bravington was General Manager at that time.

    www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk
     
  20. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

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    finally remembered what I'd heard as an Oboe solo... Carnival of Venice. Heard a recording of some russian guy playing it on the radio a while back and it was awesome!
     
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