What's the most listenable test piece ever?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Soon to be principal, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Contest Music by Wilf Heaton for me altough Ialso love listening to Journey Into Freedom and, this year's Nationals piece, Enigma Variations.
  2. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    i think kalidascope mainly
  3. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    mmm, I could think of quite a few...

    but Suite for Brass has to be the one for me... lovely piece :)
  4. MattB

    MattB Member

    I'm a big fan of Dimensions by Peter Graham. I think Music For A Festival is a cracker too, especially the slow movement.
  5. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    I reckon Year of the Dragon...

    That middle movement Trom solo is just beautiful... :D

    Whole piece is fab...could listen to it all day!

  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Diversions on a Bass Theme, Epic Symphony, Land of the Long White Cloud
  7. brasschuck

    brasschuck New Member

    Essence of Time,
    Pagannini Var,
    and Rhapsody in Brass - an oldie, but it's my favourite! Anyone else like Rhapsody in Brass, or is it just me?
  8. Tromgod

    Tromgod Member

    Agreed.................Rhapsody in Brass and Spectrum are 2 of my favourites.
  9. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    Oregon by Jacob de Haan is a classic for C grade (3rd section I think???)

    And on Monday, I played a recording of Haslemere Suite (thanks for telling me where to find it Peter!!) for my band and they thought it was brilliant!! As it's our test pice for next year, that should be an encouraging sign!
  10. onedrummeruk

    onedrummeruk Member

    I love descriptive music, so it has to be

    Blitz and Odin

    Lovely colours and very exciting.
  11. ted

    ted Member

    Test pieces I never get sick of hearing?

    Tallis Variations
    Variations on an Enigma
    ...Dove Descending
    Harrison's Dream
  12. shedophone

    shedophone Member

    there are loads of lovely test pieces.....

    Prague (cough)...

    Sorry.... No, really...

    Pagannini Var.
    Land of the Long White Cloud
    Ballet for Band
    the Planets/Enigma (do orchestral arrangements count?)

    i like Dimensions too. Easy listening.
  13. Big Fella

    Big Fella Member

    My Choices Are :

    Journey Into Freedom
    Diversions On A Bass Theme
    Cloudcatcher Fells
  14. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    All of the above!

    I adore Rhapsody in Brass - its a real shame Dean Goffin didn't write more. For sheer listening pleasure though, I'd go with Mark on the descriptive pieces... Blitz, Cloudcatcher etc.
  15. cornetchap

    cornetchap Member

    Already mentioned in another thread but I like from the 4th section:
    • Lydian Pictures
      Haslemere Suite
    and I also like Paganinni Variations from other sections. Not much experience in these sections as I don't spend a lot of time listening to test pieces unless I have to play them :)

    Ooh, ooh, just thought of another good 'un; Suite Gothique.

    Cheers, Greg.
  16. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    For me my fav pieces to listen to are Paganini Variations, Harrisons Dream, Tristan Encounters, Resurgam and Journey into Freedom
  17. twigglet

    twigglet Member

    Resurgam and Northern landscapes was lovely too! (although very cheesy :D )
  18. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    oooooooo i like northern landscapes
  19. Vickitorious

    Vickitorious Active Member

    My faves are:

    Paganini Var. (I love the slow part)
    Suite Gothique.
    Rhapsody for brass.

    Spectrum is fun to play, but not one I could listen to for ages and ages.......
  20. Kerwintootle

    Kerwintootle Member

    Royal Parks
    Salute to Youth