Test pieces for Intermediate bands

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by rebecca, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. rebecca

    rebecca Member

    Help! I am due to conduct my intermediate band in a contest in November and havent yet got a piece to play. I need a fairly easy test piece, any suggestions?
  2. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    indian summer ?
  3. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    London River?
  4. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

    Malvern Suite? Eric Ball's Divertimento?
  5. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    Anglian Dances. ideal I would have thought given the number of entries in the fourth section areas this year!
  6. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    How about Philip Sparke's 'Music For A Festival'?
  7. Jacob Larsen

    Jacob Larsen Member

    Concerto Overture - The Prizewinners (Philip Sparke)
    Saterday Market Overture (Anthony Hedges)
    Patita (Edward Gregson)
    Little Suite No. 1 (Sir Malcolm Arnold)
    Stantonbury Festival (Ray Steadman Allen)
    Four Fors For Brass (William Relton)
    Patterns (Edward Gregson)
    North Norwegian Rhapsody (Torstein Aagaard Nilsen)
    Concert Prelude (Philip Sparke)
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2006
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Three Pictures for Band (Oliver Waespi) is a good piece not used (at all?) here in the UK (... my personal choice as it is also excellent for band training). Otherwise Three Impressions For Brass (Arthur Butterworth) might be popular with the players!
  9. Hornblower RN

    Hornblower RN Member

    Why not try Three Inventions.....I haven't heard it played in a contest for years
  10. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    Patterns is an excellent choice
  11. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Eric Balls:
    Three Songs Without Words
    Four Little Maids

    Vaugahn Williams
    A English Folk Song Suite
  12. Deano

    Deano Member

    Ammanford 1984 - My first contest on Euphonium.
  13. David Pegram

    David Pegram Member

    Pacemakers Edward Gregson
    the band will love it.
  14. flashbarry

    flashbarry Member

    Divertimento for Brass - Darrol Barry

    Available from www.studio-music.co.uk or by telephone 0208 830 0110
  15. bignige

    bignige Member

    Ceramic City Festival (Stuart Johnson) might be suitable but it really depends on what you mean by intemidate. Some of these suggestions challenge many a fourth section outfit. If your band hasn't contested before and have only stepped up from learning tehn any piece might be daunting. A piece with a story behind it might be suitable to get your players to think aboy teh music. Eric Ball's Indian Summer, Contest Day and Divertimento spring to mind.

    Hope you have a good contest and enjoy it!!
  16. BassBlaster

    BassBlaster Member

    I always enjoyed playing, The Shipbuilders.
    But most of the above suggestions are good.
  17. rebecca

    rebecca Member

    Think pieces like Indian Summer are a bit too ambitious at the moment, had a look at the score and they wouldnt cope and neither would i conducting, lol!
  18. stotty74

    stotty74 Member

    A lot of good suggestions above for bands with at least a little bit of experience (but think 'Music for a Festival' a bit too much;-) )

    Can you clarify if your band is a youth/training band, or inexperienced 4th Section mix of adults and youngsters?

    An easy-ish and enjoyable piece for young bands is 'A Saddleworth Suite'.

    Really depends how young your players are. Don't be afraid to push them, and yourself, but remember to give them at least half a chance of putting on a good show. They would not enjoy going to a contest playing a piece they are not comfortable with.

    Good luck anyway.
  19. rebecca

    rebecca Member

    They are a young and fairly inexperienced band so music for a festival is a definite 'no no'
  20. ashworthdav

    ashworthdav New Member

    how's about little suite for brass by malcolm arnold this was the fourth section area's peice in 1995 or for a bit of a challenge philip sparkes valerius variations which was the fourth section national finals peice last week