Philip Sparke

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Ozzie Cornet, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. Ozzie Cornet

    Ozzie Cornet New Member

    Hi All,

    Recently we had a thread about all time favorite test pieces (still sticky)however I was wondering about Philip Sparke in particular. Personally he is my favorite composer and i was wondering what you thought was, in your opinion, his best test piece - be it for best sound or the most exciting to play.

  2. Between The Moon And Mexico
  3. Bassment Jinx

    Bassment Jinx Member

    Between the Moon and Mexico is easily my favourite :) . Our band's playing London overture as well at the moment, thats a much better piece than I thought as well.
  4. scott clark

    scott clark New Member

    I think his last test piece he wrote "Tallis Variations" is his best. Its suberb :lol:
  5. tim

    tim Member

    1 Harmony Music not just hard but beatiful writing in slow sections and fantastic virtuso writing in the outer sections.

    2 Land of the long white cloud excellent effects here surrounds beautiful sustained melodies all the way thorugh

    3 The Prizewinner not sure if this would be classed as a test piece as jst but I have played it that sort of vain at the national youth championships. Some very challenging moments for a school band to play a thoroughly enojyable

    4 Malvern Suite Again the melodies are of the highest class. Always nice to listen to and nice to play as well.
  6. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    1. Year of the Dragon
    2. Harmony Music
    3. Cambridge Variations
  7. Moy

    Moy Active Member

    Mine would change all the time.......I would like to ask Philip which is his favourite and why?
  8. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    I agree with Moy to some extent - my favourite piece at any given time is often the one we're working on or have just done, and I don't think I ever met a Sparky test piece I didn't like! :lol: .

    That said, my all time fave is Harmony Music: to play and to listen to. For me it has excitement, fun and incredible beauty - he'll have to go some to better it. (Tallis came close though imho)

    FWIW, his top three in the recent poll were:
    Variations on an Enigma (20), Harmony Music (9) and Year Of The Dragon (2).
  9. Owen

    Owen Member

    Would be Tallis for me followed by Moon and Mexico - what a fantastic opening that piece has for baritones!
  10. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    I think for me it has to be Year of the Dragon. I did vote it my number one on the "Greatest test Piece" thread - the second and third movements are fab!

    It's a difficult choice though. I love Harmony Music - this piece was the test for first time I went to the finals and it just blew me away!
    Land of the Long White Cloud is also one of my favorites - the slow movement is terrific and I love playing the little Flugel solo! :D
    I wasn't that familier with Tallis until recently, and I've never played it but I've got to know it now and it is certainly one of his best.

    But I think we're in danger of overlooking his "concert" pieces. One which I think is particularly good is "Serenade for Toni". It's gorgeous! :lol:
  11. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    It would be difficult to pick a Phillip Sparke test piece as favourite... I really like a lot of them.....

    Harmony music i think is beautiful ...tallis variations too...along with london overture and also kaledioscope which I really enjoyed as our test piece for this year....., maybe not technically really challenging but musically fantastic!!!!
  12. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    While I have not yet had the opportunity to play any of Mr. Sprake's pieces at a contest, my favorites to listen to as an observer are 1) Year of the Dragon & 2) The Enigma variations
  13. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Year of the Dragon (for the second movement)

    but my fav has to be Cambridge Variations, soooo atmospheric! I just love the opening.
  14. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Music for a Festival of those I've played at a contest, Year of the Dragon or The Land of the Long White Cloud of those I haven't.

    100 not out....
  15. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    Too many to choose from!!

    Music for a Festival was my first ever Sparke piece. Or was it?? I'm drawing a blank over who wrote Celtic Suite. So I'll say Music for a Festical so I don't give Phil credit for someone else's song by mistake.
  16. midwalesman

    midwalesman Member

    my favourite piece

    I like his not so often played Concerto Grosso, it has a catchy tune and the music flows, as it does in all of his pieces. It is a shame that it isn't heard more often.

    I think:-

    Concerto Grosso
    Hymn of the Highlands
    Between the Moon
    Year of the Dragon
  17. Nigel Hall

    Nigel Hall Supporting Member

    1: Land Of The Long White Cloud
    2: Malvern Suite
    3: Year Of The Dragon
  18. ted

    ted Member

    My favourite Sparke pieces are

    1. Variations on an Enigma
    I just love how everyone in the band gets a turn and then everything comes together in a big and exciting finale.

    2. Capriccio
    Sop cornet solo, this piece got me hooked to the music of Philip Sparke.

    3. The Snowman
    He only arranged this one but I'm think that it is the most beautiful piece which is not out of reach of the lower section bands.

    Harmony Music is also special to me.

  19. Glad Capriccio got a mention, it was the first solo I ever enjoyed playing and likewise, got me hooked on both Philip Sparke and the Brass Band 'bug'
  20. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    I love tryptich especially the middle movement... simplicity is best.

    Mind you I must say its hard to think of a Philip Sparke work that I dont like.... well done mate your music's ace :tup

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