Which brass band testpiece has the most difficult opening

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Andy_Euph, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Here's a bit of random bocness.

    Which piece do you think contains the most difficult opening?

    Personally I think Resurgam has the most difficult opening in a testpiece, Euphs, troms and bari's all starting on a bottom C at pianissimo, playing in unison for 3 bars.
  2. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Well going on this years area tests Rienzi takes some beating for the first dozen bars.

    But Resurgam is not easy even for the real TOPFLIGHT BANDS
  3. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Also Le Roi D'ys when Flugel comes in on the solo in the first few bars as well
  4. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    And how about A Kensington Concerto :starts with solo cornet all on its own not nice as many have found out
  5. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Any piece that starts with unison playing - timing and tuning must match perfectly.
  6. ScreamingSop

    ScreamingSop Member

    For sop probably Diadem of gold (AHHHHHH)
  7. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    How about Harmony Music.... killer ppp start... with most of the band coming in on the same note at different dynamics on the crescendo ...
  8. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    so it's anything quiet with unison playing then?
  9. Mark Bousie

    Mark Bousie Member

    A few more to throw into the ring:
    Jazz (Wilby) is just a bit tricky for the Solo Euph!
    Cloudcatcher Fells for horns (again unison and quiet).
    Rienzi opening seemed to catch a lot of bands out across the area.
    Masquarade- technically very difficult opening (and the rest of it!) for the whole band.
    Of Men and Mountains (Gregson) -again quiet and exposed opening. (Great piece also. why doesn't this get used more?!)
  10. lottie4744

    lottie4744 Member

    Speaking from what I've played, I'll go for Reinzi. Keeping that "c" in tune at the beginning whilst cresecdoing and the diminuendoing is a bit of a task!

    Excuse my spelling I know it's atrocious (sp?)
  11. IYOUNG

    IYOUNG Member

    Issiah 40 for the lonely first baritone!
  12. Highams

    Highams Member

    Bellemonte Variations, Arthur Bliss, unison opening.

    Euph has 5 bars rest and comes in on high C.

  13. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

  14. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    Hang about - isn't Journey into Freedom not a hard opening for horns ....or does that come later in the piece!
  15. LeDragon

    LeDragon Active Member

    The beginning of English Heritage is pretty difficult technically for cornets.
  16. sywity

    sywity New Member

    Definately Journey into Freedom for horns - EVIL EVIL EVIL!!!!!!!!!:eek:

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  17. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Revelation for us BBb's.
    St.Magnus for sop/principal
  18. fitzy

    fitzy Active Member

    On Alderly Edge? Harmon muted top "C" at ppp for the solo cornet.

    Tristan encounters for sop? Up to top Db within the first line!
  19. WorldofBrass.com

    WorldofBrass.com Active Member

    St. Magnus; Soprano and Principal Cornet in octaves.
  20. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Winds Of Change (Brenton Broadstock) seems (at a listening level) to have a difficult opening to pull off!