Orchestra or Brass Band

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  1. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

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    What sound do you like best; Orchestra or Brass Band

    As a composer, I studied classical orchestration for Symphony Orchestra and am totally in love with the symphonic colours, just wondered what the rest of you thought.

    Personally I love big soundscapes and symphonic sounds and that is why my preference for the Orchestral sound dominates (if only a little) the Brass Band sound. I guess your preference will come from your own background and upbringing and most probably education.
     
  2. Naomi McFadyen

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    Mmmm, for me both... both have their differences etc...

    BUT, if I had to choose, it'll have to be orchestra due to the hundreds of different colours, textures and sounds that can be produced... Brass Bands don't have the same effect...

    :)
     
  3. Moy

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    I like beef and I like chicken...same with orchestras and bands.
    Depends on how it's served to me and the mood I am in.
     
  4. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

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    I'll add some gravy to it then Moira!
    :wink:
     
  5. Rambo Chick

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    i agree with moy. depends on my mood and what i feel like listening to!! :D

    Carolyn
     
  6. Moy

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    and roast potatoes and veggies but that I thought you take for granted. :wink:
     
  7. James McFadyen

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  8. Naomi McFadyen

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    :lol:
    that sped off topic quickly!

    Must be an award for the fastest topic to go off topic! :lol:

    :p
     
  9. James McFadyen

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    Yea, I think soon as you talk about food, it all starts snowballing from there!
     
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    Hee-Hee.

    Back on topic - Has to be orchestra for me.

    There is just nothing quite like the sound of a Mahlerian size orchestra giving their all at the end of Symphony 2 or 3.

    Admittedly there are some band sounds that stir my emotions but, with the limited tonal variety available to a band, not as deeply as an orchestra can.

    I was brought up in orchestras but have been in banding for 27 years now and probably listen to orchestras twice as much as I do brass bands.
     
  12. James McFadyen

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    Quite agree Matt, I think the tonal variations of the orchestra are very wide, not a synth in sight could compare to the colours of a symphony orchestra! And I'm a synth nut! :wink:
     
  13. shedophone

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    Depends what they're playing. i know some orchestral pieces, particularly overtures that work better for band than orchestra. But a good orchestral sound is hard to beat. Mahler 6. Beethoven 9, Rach 3 (symphony), the planets...... the list goes on and on...
     
  14. Okiedokie of Oz

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    while I think there are some gorgeous orchestral moments, I would refuse to attend a rehearsal only to practise counting out my 287 bars rest...........stupid orchestral tuba parts :evil:
     
  15. Roger Thorne

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    Slightly confused here! :?

    If you prefer the sound of an Orchestra, why do you play in a brass band?

    :wink:
     
  16. MoominDave

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    To keep the lip in?
     
  17. MRSH

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    I'm (also) a percussionist and the percussion parts being written these days in brass band pieces are great (mostly :wink: :wink:).

    Anyway, I prefer the sound of an orchestra but that doesn't mean to say I dislike the sound of a brass band.

    8)
     
  18. Okiedokie of Oz

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    I don't prefer orchestra. I like orchestras, however. Brass bands I find have a lot more fun!!
     
  19. James McFadyen

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    I first started composing by writing for Orchestra. I was introduced to the brass band and after I left for a few year and went back to play Soprano, I started getting into writing for Brass Band. Plus I'm not into playing in an Orchestra.

    I love the Brass Band sound, it is very unqiue, but If I'm faced with listening to a Brass Band CD or an Orchestral CD, I will usually listen to the Orchestral CD. Although tends to be more modern tonal works, especially by Vince Mendoza - an Orchestral composer with fantastic passion in his music. He is quite known for his work with Joni Mitchell.
     
  20. skweeky

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    if you like an orchestral sound but play in a rass band its generally because brass banding can be seen as a hobby, whereas i would suspect orchestral "work" is as it is said- work! Orchestral players are normally pro's at playing music, but in the brass band world- if ye can blow, ye cn play we us! and all the time enjoying it!!!!! :lol:

    (i speak for myself here. anyone that disagree with this may be in a different situation, or otherwise educated :wink: )
     
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