What is the hardest piece you have ever played?

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

  1. basstromboneboy

    basstromboneboy Member

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    What is the hardest piece you have ever played?

    Can't think of one myself (fair amount to choose from).
    So someone else can start us off...;)

    thanks:p
     
  2. sudcornet

    sudcornet Member

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    There're a few that spring to mind - back row cornet parts - Harrison's Dream (fun at the beginning) - Masquerade - (unison cornet section) - most recently, Cornet 8 part in Vienna Nights - (fast section at the end ff lip slurring) - can't beat a real challenge and the buzz of nailing the hardest bits.

    Sud.
     
  3. snazzy_cornet_sound

    snazzy_cornet_sound Member

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    Probably contest music. The front row cornet part is abit of a nightmare!
     
  4. andyp

    andyp Active Member

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    Yup, Contest Music on front row, definitely. Just cos the page ain't black doesn't mean it's easy!
     
  5. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

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    My first years at summer school I remember Excerpts from firebird and indiana jones and the temple of doom both on front row.
     
  6. AndyCat

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    So far, on BBb Bass, it's 'Odin'.
     
  7. Blagger

    Blagger Member

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    Gotta be "On Alderley Edge"
    Great solo tho :p
     
  8. Flugel Boy

    Flugel Boy New Member

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    Anything thats requires extra effort :biggrin:
     
  9. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

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    In the two years I played solo trom at GUS, Masquerade was the only piece I ever had to take home to practice!
     
  10. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

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    That's not what you told me lol. What about the Fugue from Graduation day?
     
  11. Bass Trumpet

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    Good point, well made! I'd forgotten about that one, although it only went home from one rehearsal to the next one, whereas Masquerade stayed in my trombone case for a good few weeks. Mainly due to the little solo bit in the 6/8 section - I find it very difficult to change to pedal notes so quickly as I use about 5 different embouchures!
     
  12. omega56

    omega56 Member

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    Sat on front row a couple of years ago as a one off ( I was on rep at the time ) we were playing at a private birthday party and the " Birthday Boy " wanted us to play the Dambusters theme, I was to say the least totally lost with the counter melodies going on ,although probably not the hardest piece to play it was on this particular occasion especially when you are "dropped in it" !
     
  13. flugtastic

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    not the hardest piece to play but the most confusing! the 12 days of chrismas in the red carol books :p
     
  14. David Mann

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    For me probably the last movement of The Year of The Dragon on bari - I really had to learn to play in sharps! Also a few bars of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
     
  15. ballyhorn

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    Horn parts in Theme and cooperation are a nightmare...
     
  16. robcav

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    As a euph player, I'd agree. It's a close call though between Dragon and Harmony Music.
     
  17. davidsait

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    Leonardo by Philip Wilby
     
  18. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

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    Depends what you determine as difficult....If you take ravel's Bolero as 1st trombone you sit for 140 plus bars doing nothing and then have to come in on a Bflat (C for brass band above the stave) at MF and play the solo.......

    Or as 2nd Trombone the solo from the Tuba Mirum in Mozart's requiem.....

    And there is always Tommy dorsey's famous theme tune in a room full of trombone players.
     
  19. BrianT

    BrianT Member

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    Around 25 years ago I bought the music for Flight of the Bumble Bee arranged for trumpet and piano. Second page of this has a chromatic scale from F# three ledger lines down, going up in semiquavers, finally breaking out into the tune on a top C (two ledger lines up) and moving up into super-F/G territory! I play it better now than I used to - but it's still not performable - I can't play it reliably. And there's this really annoying text note on the part saying "any cornet player with a good lip should be able to play this with ease."
     
  20. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

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    To finish my post.....

    As I asked what do you wish to establish as the citeria for difficult.....

    technically/ or as with the bolero the solo itself is not hard but it becomes a challenge because of the conditions you have to play it under.

    some parts are dificult because of fast mute changes etc

    Most Earth wind and fire charts are a challenge for the brass section....
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2008
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