The Best Piece Never Used As A Test Piece

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by simonbassbone, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. simonbassbone

    simonbassbone Member

    Now that The Masters has announced In Memoriam RK as its Test Piece for next I wondered what other great pieces have never been used (in this country:confused: ) as a Test Piece.
    My personal favouite would have to be Derek Bourgeois' Concerto Grosso, I know a number of bands have used it as an own choice at the Euros.
    What other pieces would we like to hear at the top contests?:D
  2. JR

    JR Member

    Just to get the ball rolling:
    Prelude, Toccata and Fugue by Philip Sparke (the one with graduation day as the last movt)
    Patterns in Brass by Frank Hughes
    Cataclysm and Chromoscope both by Paul Patterson
    Exodus by Eric Ball
    The Holy War and The Lord is King both by Ray Steadman Allen

    John R
  3. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    I AGREE! Not just cos he´s my composition teacher though!!!

    Living it up on a band tour in Barcelona!! Viva Españia!
  4. Rebolina

    Rebolina New Member

    Eric Ball's Resurgam!!!
  5. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Benvenuto Cellini-Howard Lorriman Arr
  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - didn't you mean Christian Jenkin's arrangement? :confused:
  7. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    That's been used as a test piece though.....
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Here's one for you .... Nigel Clarke's 'The Pendle Witches'. This was premiered by Black Dyke (James Watson) at the 1997 Radio 3 Festival Of Brass. Very descriptive, exciting piece of music and sounds great to play as well to listen to.
  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Another few pieces that come to mind are ...

    Apocalypse for Brass (Symphony for Brass) - William Gordon
    Chi - Gary Carpenter
    The Bardfield Ayre (Air & Variations) - Bramwell Tovey
    Circus Music - Raymond Luedeke
    Millennia - John Rimmer
  10. SteveT

    SteveT Member

    Little F & G March................ Anon!

    Or laura's choice..... coz I know better than argue with Geordie Godess!
  11. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    There's loads of superb SA music that would be both a test and a good listen, as well as those two I'd have Leslie Condon's "The Present Age".
  12. JR

    JR Member

    was used for 2nd section finals in 1997 wasnt it?

  13. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - yes, you're right! Bathgate (Colin Mackenzie) won!
  14. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    I haven't heard of that one, but how's about 'Apocalypse' by Derek Bourgeois? Might make a nice change from the usual Wilby/Graham formula. It's definately about time contest organisers looked a little further than the warts on the end of their noses and used a few different pieces.
  15. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Definatley two pieces which would test bands and be good for audiences to listen to
  16. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - certainly the Bourgeois is an excellent work but how stretching is it? YBS commissioned it to fully test their team/players at the time and maybe it might be out of reach of most Championship bands? But then again, maybe not ... :confused:
  17. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Bring it on!
  18. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    Isn't that a chick flick film?! :D