Regionals 2010 : Fourth Section Test Piece - Saint-Saëns Variations

Discussion in '2010 National Championships of Great Britain' started by Di, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. b-flatcharlie

    b-flatcharlie Member

    Genuinely I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your valid contribution.
     
  2. E flat fred

    E flat fred Member

    Qualification rules for Harrogate finals.
    Qualification to the Finals
    i) In respect of sections 1 – 4, qualification for an invitation will depend on the number
    of bands entered in the sections at the Regional Championships.
    Up to 16 bands entered ……………………………….. 2 bands qualify
    17 to 24 bands entered ……………………………….. 3 bands qualify​
    25 bands and over entered ……………………………. 4 bands qualify

    From Kapitol Promotions contest rules.
     
  3. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    There's not much chat about the Saint Saens Variations on here - is everyone too busy practising it to talk about it or just bored with it already??? I love it so much I am doing 5 rehearsals and a performance of it this week - those who know me will say I need the practice!! :)

    Any other trombone players finding the intonation tricky from 434 to 475 or is it just me and my intense dislike of accidentals?
     
  4. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Is that the same bit where the tuba's are higher than the euph's???

    I think this piece is good but there is a couple of moments where it feels like i'm playing the wind band part!
     
  5. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    Sorry - no idea. I haven't got to the stage where I can listen to what's going on at the other side of the bandroom :)
    I agree that the scoring and writing style is not typical of a 4th section test piece. But surely that's a good thing? Some definitely orchestral moments for me :D
     
  6. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    I think it might be one of those moments where the troms are deafening me :p

    I'm not too sure about some of the scoring if i'm totally honest....sounds like a cut and paste sibelius job...but that said Mr Sparke obviously knows what he wants it to sound like and he's one of the best band writers around and i'm not...so doesn't really matter.

    As for the whole thing about the judges not expecting to hear a good performance... well thats all well and good as long as we don't have to sit through another lecture on how c**p 4th section bands are, after lots of bands putting in a lot of effort and giving committed performances.
     
  7. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    Sorry, mate - I thought that was what us trombones are there for! :p

    Let's just try and exceed their expectations eh? :D
     
  8. Backrowmike

    Backrowmike Member

    Why shouldn’t bands make a success of Saint Saens Variations? It has long flowing phrases, good harmonies and rhythms. Adjudicators will bear in mind that in the 4th Section, many bands are made up of a variety of players, some at the start and some at the end of their playing lives. However, all will undoubtedly play to the best of their individual technique and talent. Having recently returned to playing, I am this year playing in the 4th Section for the first time. The band I am playing with is approaching this test piece with musicality and enthusiasm. I am sure the other bands are approaching this contest to highlight their strengths and not their weaknesses. Let’s not talk down the 4th Section but celebrate the success bands are making of this test piece.
     
  9. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    :clap::clap::clap:

    I couldn't agree more. Not many of us start at higher levels - and some never play at higher levels. This is music-making which is accessible to almost everyone and long may it continue. :D
     
  10. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    I totally agree...I was just trying to make a point that no matter how well we'll play the judging will still be close minded....you should have heard David Read at Preston last week.

    I think there will be a lot of very good performances of this piece....hopefully my band will be one of them :p
     
  11. b-flatcharlie

    b-flatcharlie Member

    Good common wisdom has prevailed ladies and gents.:tup
     
  12. GUTBUCKET

    GUTBUCKET New Member

    [Any other trombone players finding the intonation tricky from 434 to 475 or is it just me and my intense dislike of accidentals?[/quote]

    I'm with you all the way there and writing in positions seems to make it even more confusing
     
  13. E flat fred

    E flat fred Member

    why is it always more difficult to read and play alternative accidentals such as
    A sharp-B flat. G sharp- A flat D sharp-E flat G flat-F sharp D flat- C sharp etc. etc.
    430 to 475 therefore now becomes very difficult to read and worse to play.
     
  14. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    I'm with you all the way there and writing in positions seems to make it even more confusing[/quote]


    Thanks - you make me feel less of a numpty!
     
  15. Tubamutha

    Tubamutha Member

     
  16. piston

    piston Member

    Good piece, will enjoy it.
     
  17. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    Still loving it! And that weird bit is more in tune if I think in bass clef! ??
     
  18. E flat fred

    E flat fred Member

    I am still loving it but it does not get any easier even with practice. I simply do not have enough breath and when you take a breath the MD looks at you like you have just committeed the biggest blunder in the world. I cannot cicular breath on an E Flat but that does not bother the MD. He just has to wag his stick.
     
  19. Backrowmike

    Backrowmike Member

    Just in from Band practice. The more I get to know this piece the more I like it. Especially the second movement, a sheer delight to listen to. Thank you Mr Sparkes.
     
  20. Tubamutha

    Tubamutha Member

    the only way to breath - miss a couple of notes out (just make sure you split it with your Eb partner in crime so you dont miss the same bits). That's how we have to do it.... though we need lots of air and we're not very 'boomy' on the best of days...... still practising how to fill that bell!
     

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