National Finals Test Pieces Announced!

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by stopher, May 31, 2007.

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  1. stopher

    stopher Member

    Just got this weeks bandsman and the pieces are out!

    Championship - Music for battle Creek - Sparke

    1st - Victorian Snapshots - On Radcliff Highway - RSA

    2nd - Toccata, Elegy and Scherzo - Barry

    3RD - Imperium - Fraser

    4th - Roman Tryptych - Baker
  2. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Very much like the 1st section piece
  3. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    Is this legit? I thought Kapitol were announcing tomorrow.
  4. Di

    Di Active Member

    Yea, if I remember from previous years they say it'll be announced on the Friday and it gets in the Bandsman on the Thursday.
  5. Danger Mouse

    Danger Mouse New Member

    I was just about to ask the same question!
  6. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    Righto. So the next question as a First Section Eb Bass Maestro is......

    Any decent Eb solos in the test piece? :biggrin:
  7. stephenmrry

    stephenmrry Member

    Have a listen to the recording its on the ISB CD Origins!!
  8. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Or On Essays for Brass vol1 by YBS
  9. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Some very nice Eb Bass parts Pete, and the trombones might have a little fun as well.
  10. JoeDrumTech

    JoeDrumTech New Member

    Anyone know what the 3rd section piece is like; Imperium?

    And if so whats the percusion like in it?
  11. Active Member

    I've just checked and they have listed all the test pieces so must be legit.

    IMHO Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway is a wonderful piece of music.

    Written for the centenary of Salvation Army bands in 1978, On Ratcliff Highway was premiered by The International Staff Band (and simultaneously by Melbourne Staff Band in another venue).
    It was inspired by a sketch on the front page of a copy of The War Cry from 1886 which depicted the Whitechapel Salvation Army band marching through the notorious highway, surrounded by crowds, with the masts of ships seen beyond the East London slums.

    I am sure conductors and players will have great fun with this music, picking out all the folk tunes of the day which are included. There's also a touch of the 'Charles Ives' when the Salvation Army Band 'collides' with the Skeleton Army!
  12. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    ooooo 1st section piece...
  13. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    I've never heard of the first section piece. Of all of the rumours I heard this was never one of them (for a change, lol). I've just ordered my copy of essays, I can't Wait!!!!
  14. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    Don't know any of the others but I agree that the 1st section piece is fantastic and an inspired choice.

    We didn't qualify, so I am now totally gutted. If there are any 1st section bands out there who are in need of a conductor either for the contest or for some preparation work...! ;)

  15. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    There is indeed matey ;)

    Looking forward to several weeks of stop/start practice, lots of 'straight from work to band' and a ****** good weekend in Yorkshire. Come on!
  16. brassed_off

    brassed_off Member

    I love the first section piece. So clever when the two groups are fighting it out near the end! Wow, what a choice. I was contemplating going to London this year, but now I'd rather go to Harrogate!!!
  17. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    As has now been announced, I’m delighted to confirm that my new piece


    commissioned by the Brass Band of Battle Creek from the USA, has been selected for this year’s National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Until the day of the contest, it will only be available to competing bands, who can order it from my distributors, De Haske UK (details below).

    Study scores will be on sale before the contest, so watch this space!

    UK agents for Anglo Music are:-

    De Haske (UK) Ltd.
    Fleming Road
    NN17 4SN

    Tel: 01536 260981
    Fax: 01536 401075
  18. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    well 1st section piece ive never heard of but i played The Beacons by Ray Steadman Allen when it was the Area Test Piece.
    That was good to play and to listen to,ive never yet to hear a poor piece by Ray Steadman Allen so im really looking forward to this one for the National:clap:
  19. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    What a great choice for the 1st section :clap: Fantastic piece of music, I'm sure all the bands will enjoy playing it.
  20. 2nd Section

    Come on - any opinions on the 2nd Section piece? Someone must have played it / heard t. Maybe Mr Barry himself would like to let us know all about it?!?

    Take it it's in three movements?
    Any good 'tunes' in it?
    Solo work?


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