Suggested Listening List

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by simonpohare, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    In an effort to try and get my School Band pupils to listen to more Brass Band music I thought I might compile a list of tracks that may help put into perspective what they do on a weekly basis. ALL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Try and find out what they currently like to listen to and try and match their choices with what's available in brass band repertoire. Always best to start from what they know.
  3. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Extreme Makeover (the bottle bit!)
    Eden (they'll love the trombone solo)
    Blitz (mainly for the ending, idea of bombs falling, etc.)
  4. Jack

    Jack Member

    Flowerdale by Phillip Sparke. The one on youtube played by Peter Roberts is amazing. Music of the spheres and Journey to the centre of the Earth on their are both very good too.
  5. yoda

    yoda Member

    something a little more traditional............

    Journey into freedom. Resurgum. Pageantry.

    all excellent descriptive works full of imagination and sound pictures.

    Something a little more modern.......

    The Downfall of Lucifer.

    Enjoy and I hope you have fun with it :)
  6. Matt Lawson

    Matt Lawson Member

    Year of the Dragon - the last movement as played by Cory(?) at the Europeans just because it's awesome and they'll enjoy the fast playing.

    I'd also recommend arrangements of film music just to show them that brass band music can be 'cool' and 'modern'. A bit of Pirates wouldn't go amiss!
  7. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Excellent choices! We played 'Pirates' last year, and they really enjoyed playing Barnard Castle. Music for Greenwich is on our Test piece list for next year, so I definitely think they'll enjoy the light-hearted stuff as well as the more serious works.
    Thought I might include: Deep Harmony; Where eagles sing; When I survey...;Riverdance; Pines of Rome..

    Thank you all for taking the time!
  8. gingerdave

    gingerdave Member

    blimey just listened to music of the spheres.. wow that's pretty intense!
  9. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

  10. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Some stuff they might know from TV/Film would probably help get their enthusiasm going.

    Somewhere over the rainbow - more arrangements than you can shake a stick at - plus very topical because of this dorothy stuff that's going on at the mo.)

    Gonna Fly now - everyone loves Rocky!

    Dance of the knights from Prokoffiev's Romeo and Juliet - they'll know it as "The apprentice" theme tune (I think the band version is entitled "Montagues and Capulets" for reasons I've never understood.)

    Colonel Bogey - get them all whistling, it's great for training your ear!
  11. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Romeo and Juliet is a cracker! Good call.
    Think there might even be a version of 'Rocky' that we could play next term. Will have to do some research.
  12. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    You're right; Get them interested with things they recognise, then keep their attention with pieces that make them work hard!
  13. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    A few youth bands played it at the Scottish Youth Championships last November. Might be an Alan Fernie arrangement IIRC
  14. Red Elvis

    Red Elvis Active Member

    Philip Harper has done some great arrangements of stuff by Queen , Wham etc . Played a lot of them in my last band and when we did joint concerts with a kids choir the youngsters really enjoyed them !
  15. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    But did the band enjoy them lol?
  16. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Cheers, I'll have a look.
  17. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Another obvious choice of music is to get recordings of what the kids are rehearsing. This allows them to hear what could be achieved. Individual instrumental recordings could be used to focus on sound, style and technique. Keep it relevant to them.
  18. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    YBS - Essays for Brass Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3
  19. simonpohare

    simonpohare Member

    Good point. I intend doing that for 'Music for greenwich' anyway, and will include a good balance of soloist pieces and other works of interest.
    It's unbelievable how little they listen to 'real' music! We did a worskshop with Cory last year, and have another one coming up at Christmas, and they were blown away by the volume of sound.
    This is all an effort to keep them listening!
  20. Ali

    Ali Member

    How's about the new Penlee CD? It will show them how varied music can be by both composers and players alike. It aslo demonstrats pure programatic music such as the title piece.