New 2nd Section Testpiece

Discussion in 'Sponsor Announcements' started by HBB, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Hi Guys,

    Just finished a new 2nd section testpiece entitled: "Repton Fantasy" (funnily enough based on the hymn Repton, also known as Dear Lord and Father of Mankind)

    You can hear this from the SibeliusMusic site by clicking here.

    Hope you enjoy it!


    (p.s. sorry about the Tierce de Picardie in the middle!!)
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Sorry to bother you Ben, but ... is the Sib.Score meant to have a jazz rythmn throughout or did you forget to change the 'rythmic feel' setting? :confused:
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    :oops: ... oops! something was affecting my midi playback! (I checked against one of my one sib. scores. It sorted itself out after rebooting).
  4. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    I was going to say! Jazz :eek:.. not really the piece for it!
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ... actually you would be surprised! (my midi playback stuttered along giving more of a 'swung' feel and some of it comes over okay like that ... esp. the theme! :redface: )
  6. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    *sings the tune in a dotted format :eek:*

    BN.. do you have MSN?
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    :) ... I'll PM you with details! (I've never ruled out anything in the arts! Subtle changes even in error can have dramatic effects sometimes!)
  8. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Ben, you are one supremely talented individual. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!

    Couple of things.

    I accept that living on a remote Scottish island for the past 13 months, I'm a tad out of touch with the general banding scene at present, but I personally think it's more 1st section than 2nd.

    Lastly, I'm just wondering how the flugel and horns are going to manage breathing wise at letter Z.

    Just minor points (and merely personal observations), bearing in mind I wish I had your compositional skill, which nevertheless, do not detract from a fabulous piece. Well done, sir!

  9. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    But how rude of me! Saying I loved at and then picking out the bits I was uming and ah-ing about. The fugal section in particular, and the canon at letter Z are strokes of utter genius. Brilliant piece. This needs to be pushed and promoted. I am in awe, genuinely!
  10. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Wow! Thanks Dave. I read your review on SibMus too.

    My band played it last night (minus trombones and percussion) and it does appear that it's probably a tad harder than 2nd section! As for the Breating at [Z], it's soo loud that as long as the players stagger that won't be a problem.

    Once again, I compose cos I love doing it, and if other people enjoy it too, then that makes me even happier! :D
  11. lottie4744

    lottie4744 Member

    It's a fantastic piece, had a blast through the solo cornet part the other night, it's challanging for second section, but i'm sure bands could rise to the challange.
    You're a fantastic composer Ben, keep at it!

    Well Done Mate! xx

    TIMBONE Active Member

    I wish I had been able to write music like that when I was 17 Ben, just think what you will be turning out in several years time. I particularly like the eccentricity of it, that is not an insult, it is the music of today, containing unpredictability and surprises. You sit back listening to a section, then all of a sudden, something unexpected happens - BANG - and it makes you smile. Ben, this piece is above the standard of one or two test pieces I have actually played or heard in contests!

  13. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Mr Paton has hit the nail on the head. I was struggling for a word to describe the overall effect this piece had on me, but 'eccentricity' sums it up perfectly (and like Tim, I mean that in its most complimentary sense)

    Apologies for the typo in the Sibelius website review. 'He kindly cites in influences' should have read 'He kindly cites HIS influences'. If I had a band on Arran capable of playing it, I'd enjoy the challenge of conducting/rehearsing it. Maybe in a few years time (I'm not dismissing the piece because it's above the standard of Arran Brass right now. . :)) but on its own merits, it's a corker!
  14. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    p.s (I've now listened to this piece 10 times, such is my admiration). A purely 'fantasy driven' idea (and not a suggestion, as such!), but in a brass band Utopian world, wouldn't you just love a Crockford-esque bumper-up sop smacking a high (written) Eb (above, but including the high Bb you've written...) in the penultimate bar. An icing on a very rich musical cake! :)

    Excuse my fantasy world, Ben! ;)
  15. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    I've had the pleasure of listening to most of Ben's works and he has an exceptional talent for writing music. You have again produced a 'corker' here Benny Boy and I hope you have lots of success with it.

    Nice one.

  16. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Hehe.. I'd love for that Eb just to sing over the band. Where's Peter Roberts when you need him.

    A genuine question now, what's the best way to go about getting it recorded sounding, well, good?
  17. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Answers on a postcard....

    Suggest you have a chat with Borfeo. One of his bands has/had an arrangement with a composer.

    You could hire a champ section band for a day, but with all the recording costs thrown in, it'll cost you a couple of grand. It might be best to let the quality of the piece shine through the morass of Sibleius and Scorch, and let conductors make their own arrangements.

    Good luck.
  18. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Shame my Soundblaster Audigy soundcard makes it sound like a Rolf Harris stylophone tune. Very nice, glad I'll never have to play it though. :D Obviously doesn't like us Horns. :eek:

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