New arrangements of old classics

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tubafran, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Picking up from another thread about whether it was worth a publisher issuing a new arrangement of Fantasia on British Sea Songs - what influences publishers to release new/better arrangements of music that's already been done?

    Once upon a time there were just a few, prolific, arrangers for brass band - Siebert, Wright, Langford - then along came a few more Richards, Snell, Farr, Howarth and laterly Fernie, Duncan, Sykes, Sparke, Freeh (apologies if I've missed anyone off)

    Many bands must have old arrangements from the first lot but when a new arrangement of an older piece comes along do you think a) heck this is a superb arrangement we've got to get it or b) do we really need another arrangement of whatever it is?

    We've just bought an Alan Fernie arrangement of Rocky - Gonna Fly Now and Andy Duncan's Mary Poppins even though we have previous arrangements of both pieces.

    Personal opinion is that the arrangements from the 60s and 70s do sound dated and at least we all get something decent to play (especially on the bass parts).
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    You have virtually answered your query yourself. Sometimes an arranger decides to freshen up a piece to reflect the present times. Others want to sometimes re-address the problems of inaccuracies of previous arrangements or use different instruments and effects to try and give more colour to effectively portray the music. And others simply haven't noticed that the music has been done before!
  3. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I think sometimes format has something to do with it. For whatever reasons in technology some of the older arrangements are mor difficult to read and it's just easier to read the newer ones (although sometimes the older ones are better still).

    I'd probably try to get my band to buy a new arrangement of British Sea Songs if it were in one of those little books (like the march books) and also contained an arrangementof the Queen, Jerusalem, Nimrod and all the other standard proms closers just to have the convenience.
  4. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    "The Book of Proms" what a great idea!

    or if your an australian "The Poms Proms Collection" :D

    TIMBONE Active Member

    It depends on what it is. If it is something like "Mary Poppins", which is getting a bit of a resurgance at the moment, then it may be worthwhile. Something like "British Sea Songs" is different. How often does a band play this piece, not a lot. Is a band going to part with hard earned cash for something that is played possibly once a year?

  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ... test-pieces? (sorry Tim, ...couldn't resist! ;) )
  7. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    Not to mention the number of Christmas items that most bands own - how many bands have got Christmas pieces that have only been played a couple of times?
  8. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    How many have got christmas pieces that they wish had only played a couple of times!?

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