What is the best test piece ever?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by basstromboneboy, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. what do you think is the best test piece ever?

    • Festival music
    • diversions on a bass theme
    • divertimento
    • English Heritage
    • journey to the dark side of the moon (3rd section)
    • Labour & Love
  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    We ran a survey a couple of years ago, and have a comprehensive Top 100 List here.

    Enjoy. :)
  3. thanks Di:clap:

    please feel free for anyone to put their favourite testpieces down also:p



    Dances and Alleluia's (?) is definately one that springs to mind for me. Loved playing it.
  5. Flugel Boy

    Flugel Boy New Member

    My best test piece ever for me is "Journey into Freedom" Eric Ball.
  6. groovy

    groovy Active Member

    Can't pick 1...Top 5 (in no particular order): Isaiah 40; St Magnus; Extreme Makeover; Paganini Variations; Music of the Spheres
  7. Chris Hicks

    Chris Hicks Member

    Couldn't pick ten let alone one!! :tongue:

    Think mine change depending on what i'm listening to!

    Some on my list would be:

    St Magnus
    On Alderly Edge
    Isiah 40
    Extreme Makeover
    Paganini Variations
    Dark Side of the Moon
    The Night to Sing
    The Promised Land
    Elgar Variations
    Dances and Alleulias
    Harrison's Dream
    Tristan Encounters

    Should i carry on??? :biggrin:

  8. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

    I can't decide either as some are better to listen to than to play and vice versa. Think some have to be...Harmony Music, Essence of Time, YOTD, A Mendip Celebration, Triptych for band.

    I think it's a shame that some of the lower section pieces don't get recorded and others get done to death.
  9. Chris Hicks

    Chris Hicks Member

    Knew i'd missed a couple out!

    these would be on my list as well! Plus others

  10. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    That's entirely down to the bands that pick the track list - I'd encourage every band that undertakes a recording to consider putting something like this on assuming you can fit it into your programme ;)

    The exceptions you tend to see are when a Band records an entire CD of a Composer's repertoire - such as the Philip Sparke / Edward Gregson series.
  11. yoshi77

    yoshi77 Member

    Vienna Nights
    Elgar Variations
    Music for Battle Creek
    Night to Sing
    Extreme Makeover

    The list is endless...

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