Regionals 2010 : Second Section Test Piece - Kingdom of Dragons

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Di, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    Discussion thread for the Regionals 2010
    Second Section Test Piece

    Kingdom of Dragons (Philip Harper)
    Published by Harper Music

  2. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    We haven't received our set of parts and score for this yet - Printing problems we've been told.
  3. Hello everyone!

    Although 'Kingdom of Dragons' wasn't available in Harrogate, it has been for the last week or so. Your best bet is to order direct from us so please visit for full details.

    This piece is published by Harper Music Publications - contrary to the Regionals CD booklet!
  4. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    Hello "Harper Music Publications",

    As I understand it we've had an order in with JustMusic since notification of the test piece and they are saying there are problems fulfilling this at the moment. Do you know if there are problems?


  5. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    It was dissapointing to not be able to collect it and save the postage fee, I made the trip to harrogate especially. . .
  6. Hello Simon,
    Just Music should be in a position to supply you by now I hope. There are no problems that we know about.
    Hope you find it worth the wait!
  7. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    We've contacted them this afternoon and they say they will be able to send it out tomorrow, so it should be sorted now - thanks.
  8. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Looking forward to locking horns with this one, it sounds interesting!
  9. MattB

    MattB Member

    I'm finding this one hard to like. Maybe it's just me, but i'm having difficulties picking out both structure and melodies. It seems very thrown together, and certainly for me sounds like poor film soundtrack music.
  10. The piece was written for Gwent youth brass band. I played the euphonium part, absoultly fantastic piece. Ther really are some fantastic musical moments in it. Phil has done a stunning job! :tup
  11. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Yep! I tend to agree with you. Received our music this week and have now had a chance to look at the score. There's something to test every section and every player, and I particularly like the slower movement. Having read the synobsis, it sounds a very descriptive piece which could lead to some interesting interpretations. Looking forward to some intensive rehearsals after Christmas.

    Should definitely sort the men out from the boyo's.

  12. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Having had a loan of the Regionals CD this week, I have to say so far I like Kingdom of Dragons. Certainly sounds like it'll be a test, but one that's also listenable (the slow section is beautiful). Still haven't picked out which bit is the Pontypool front row, but maybe need to listen a couple more times!
    Sop has some work to do at the beginning, too!
    Same goes for the Sant-Saens Variations in the 4th section, very clever.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2009
  13. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I Think the Pontypool frontrow must be the percussion, well ours look like they been in a maul or two!
  14. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    I think you're right, listened to it again on the way into work this morning and I think it's the percussion bit immediately after the slow hymn section.

    Does this mean there'll be a rush to sign prop forwards to play timps in time for March 2010?
  15. Shell

    Shell Member

    just listened to it today and can't wait to see it! :D
  16. cockaigne

    cockaigne Member

    Had our first look at it last night - a very promising piece, technically challenging but achievable, and musically rewarding. I'm tempted to stick my neck out and say my instinct is that a lot of bands will play the piece too fast and too loud, which is a shame...

    I'm not sure whether there were printing problems or not, however there are a few things which suggest the printed parts/score were rushed out - a few places with misleading notation, tricky page turns, possibly missing dynamic markings. Nothing insurmountable, but still a little frustrating, as these things take the shine off a new piece.

    Big thumbs-up overall though; I'm looking forward to it...
  17. Thank you for the feedback, Jack. Hope you are still enjoying it next March!
    Regarding the parts/score, as you'd expect we have spent many hours proofing this piece, including sessions with two different bands after which we altered some notation on the advice of the players. We were also very careful in making all page turns manageable on all parts. This is not to say that we're claiming there isn't something we've missed! But we'd be happy to hear of specific issues/possible errata.
  18. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    I can legitimately play a Pedal C for 8 bars without getting slagged off for inappropriate pedalling.
  19. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I can't tell my basses off yet, we still haven't got ours :(. . . .
  20. Shell

    Shell Member

    It's ok...I'm sure we can find something else to have a go at you about :D