What are the Classic Soprano Cornet Obligatos?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by pagliacci, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. pagliacci

    pagliacci Member

    "You can't call yourself a soprano player, unless you can play the classic soprano obligato in: [xxx]."

    To kick off, how about:

    1. The Army of the Nile
    2. The Stars & Stripes Forever
    3. Amparito Roca?

    What other gems are out there that the aspiring soprano player needs to master?

    And what about more modern arrangements that feature soprano obligatos?

  2. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    *thinks now might be a good time to give it all up as a bad job and retire gracefully
  3. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Standard of St George
    Ground Force (Yeuch!)
  4. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Aces High
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    There's an old march by R.B. (Robert Browne) Hall called The New Colonial that has a sop. obligato part.
  6. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    1. Ruby Tuesday
    2. Penny Lane
  7. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Last couple of bars of Mr. Jums.
  8. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Florentiner March (especially on the Classic Brass CD with Grimethorpe and Mr. Roberts!).
  9. brownrob

    brownrob Member

    Thin Red Line
    The Gladiators Farewell
    Imperial Echoes
    A version of National Emblem (on dykes world famous marches cd, i think)
    The Crusader (On faireys sousa cd)
    The Contemptibles (Man I hate those trills, Eb->F Grr!)

    And my march, which is probaly the hardest of the lot!!! :D
  10. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I also recall a nice sop line in the final section of the SA march New Zealand Warriors.
  11. Jack

    Jack Member

    sop solo from windows of the world...
  12. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Judges Of The Secret Court;
    Hector Berlioz arr Frank Wright
  13. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Some of the examples don't qualify as "Obligato's" but, continuing on the expanded list of examples you have to include Diadem of Gold. Not an obligato but a wonderful piece of writing for sop.
  14. blue juice

    blue juice Member

    I can't believe no one has said this but FLORAL DANCE!!!!!!
  15. pagliacci

    pagliacci Member

    Yes John, I agree, the brief I had suggested of "soprano obligatos" had definitely broadened into good or perhaps devilish writing for soprano. Nonetheless, people's thoughts still welcomed and interesting.

    Any more true soprano obligatos hiding out there?

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions so far.
  16. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    Descant type passage in "Watch Your Step", either arranged or composed by H.Snell (if I remember correctly.. )

    I would add a rather tongue in cheek...

    "You can't call yourself a soprano player, unless you can play : [THE CURRENT PIECE ON THE PROGRAM]."

    It's all very well being able to play the "glory passages", but I'm sure we are all aware there's more to Sop playing.. :)
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2009
  17. bassendworld

    bassendworld Member

    Kevin Ackford's Crowning Glory a nice one with Solo Horn
  18. jrshimmon

    jrshimmon Member

    'The Triumph Of Peace'

    I can't play 'that' note yet and neither have been given the opportunity thank goodness. It really is Do or Die Stuff.
  19. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Then there's the tricky bit in Norman Bearcroft's Joyous Carillon (tricky finguring so I understand).
  20. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    Which would be better if it was in the original key (a tone higher) which is done on piccolo trumpet usually, although the Eb trumpet is on the part and not impossible (High B for Sop/Eb Trumpet) on the 10 piece version

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