What is the Hardest Test Piece you've Ever Played

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  1. 08cbinns

    08cbinns Member

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    The hardest testpiece i've ever played is probably Blitz!
     
  2. davecornet

    davecornet New Member

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    Havnt played any test pieces yet, but I find page 26 in my Arban cornet method really difficult.

    Dave
     
  3. Masterblaster jnr

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    a choice of 'Music of the Spheres', 'Year Of The Dragon' or 'Elgar Variations' for me. although i did find 'Energy' and Masters of Space & Time challenging to keep up in.
     
  4. DublinBass

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    St. Magnus...I can barely count...let alone odd meter.
     
  5. GJG

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    Assuming we're not talking 'absolutes' here, then the 'hardest' testpiece I ever played (in contest) was "Diversions on a Bass" (George Lloyd), on soprano, under the influence of the hangover from hell. No names, no pack drill, although there may be some members of tMP who recall the event. Not something I'm especially proud of (although I did, kind-of, "get away with it"), and I don't think I'll ever be able to play the piece again without suffering flashbacks. Live 'n' learn, and all that ...
     
  6. Will the Sec

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    Second movement of Moorside Suite.
    Second Movement of Year of the Dragon.
    Assuming that the cut down version of Enigma Variations used as a test piece includes Nimrod, Nimrod...
     
  7. Norwegianbaritone

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    The hardest I have played has to be Contest Music, very challenging musically....
     
  8. PowerRanger

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    No such thing as a hard testpiece, just inappropriate practice :biggrin:

    Style wise.... for me, hardest one is 'A Downland Suite' (John Ireland) Not heard many bands play all 4 movements in the various styles required!
     
  9. Mesmerist

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    I think mine was that cornet scherzo bit in the wayfarer in the 1st section areas last year. That tonguing bit that is so fast and goes so low as well. Nightmare. I spent hours on those bars and it wasn`t 100% reliable but luckily was ok on the day.
     
  10. agentorange

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    The cornet/euph unison duet in 'Music for Battle Creek'. So difficult to get together rhythmically, dynamically, intonationally and tempo-ly(!). Superb music though.
     
  11. snazzy_cornet_sound

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    Probably 'Contest Music' Front row cornet part is so exposed and awkward!
    Other hard ones are 'Eden' but then I have St Magnus coming up this year so that may well overtake both of these!
     
  12. andyp

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    Ditto.
     
  13. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

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    The back row part of the fugue in The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - all bottom Gs and F#s, ff and quick :mad:
     
  14. les

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    As a trombonist, solo trom part of Mascarade will take some beating - Especially with a cross wind blowing music off the stand in the middle of the performance!

    Les

    MD Eccles Borough Band
     
  15. ian perks

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    Victorian Snapshots On A Ratcliffe Highway-Solo Baritone Part
    at national 1st section final last year;
    A great piece looked easy but when you started to see so many pit falls in it proved a very good piece to listen to,practise and play.
     
  16. Bass Man

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    Indeed a difficult piece!

    The hardest for me would have to be either Tristan Encounters or Year of the Dragon. Both extremely hard pieces. Recently enjoyed Festival Music also - another difficult piece
     
  17. brassbandmaestro

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    There's that test=piece, what was it called... Apocolypse, by that American composer. William....... I believe the Finals for the 2nd Section at Birmingham Symphony Hall. 1996/7. Anybody? Otherwise, yes Contest Music, really challenging to play.
     
  18. Craigsav83

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    The hardest I've played are probably Jazz (Wilby) and Blitz, though I cant remember Year of the Dragon or Between the Moon and Mexico being a walk in the park either! Put into context, the toughest one would have been playing Tam O'Shanter's Ride in the 3rd section a few years back, an incredibly difficult set choice for the level!
     
  19. Ali

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    St. Magnus was a bit of a pig! Still have it on my practice stand to this day. Other hard uns would have to include Jazz, final movement of Year of the Dragon and the fugue of Variations on an enigma!
     
  20. PeterBale

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    William Gordon.
     
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