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dyl
31.05.2006, 14:03
tMP presents: The World's 100 Favourite Test Pieces 2006 - The Results

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Well I've finally finished trawling through the PMs received for the survey - many thanks to everyone who took the time to think of their top 10 favourite test pieces, and submit them to me over the last month or so. Thanks also to tMPer 'BreadOfHeaven' who's idea this was originally when he undertook the first favourite test piece poll back in 2004. I have revisited the results of 2004's survey to indicate whether pieces are new to the list this year or whether they have gained in popularity or even become less popular in the last 2 years.

A total of 188 different pieces were put forward, and 75 different composers were nominated. From the Top 100 that is published below (it actually includes 109 pieces in all, due to ties in some positions) 46 pieces fell down the chart, 25 were climbers, 2 were non-movers and there was a whopping 36 pieces being featured in the Top 100 for the first time.

The biggest new success was Kenneth Downie's 'St. Magnus' coming straight in at #5 - one of two new entries in the top 10. There were a total of 5 new entries in the top 20 - all are new pieces written or published since the 2004 survey.

It's good to note that the highest climber this year is a 'lower section' piece - Philip Sparke's 'Triptych' - climbing 72 places to #24.

Surprisingly, the biggest casualty is one of the 'classics' from the past - 'Diadem of Gold' - which fell 61 places to #100.

As for our favourite composers, there are two ways to look at it - those with the highest number of points received from their test pieces in the list, and those with the most pieces in the list. Either way, we have a clear favorite composer!

The composers lists are as follows:

Highest Number of Points:

1. Philip Sparke (957 points)
2. Eric Ball (667)
3. Philip Wilby (589)
4. Peter Graham (397)
5. Derek Bourgeois (330)
6. Gilbert Vinter (284)
7. Kenneth Downie (257)
8. Edward Gregson (179)
9. Johan de Meij (176)
10. Wilfred Heaton (171)

Total Number of Test Pieces Featured:

1. Philip Sparke (13 pieces)
2. Eric Ball (8 pieces)
3= Gilbert Vinter (7)
3= Peter Graham (7)
5= Philip Wilby (6)
5= Edward Gregson (6)
7. Derek Bourgeois (5)
8. Kenneth Downie (4)
9= George Lloyd (3)
9= Michael Ball (3)

Well that's a brief summary, so now on to the detail!

The World's 100 Favourite Test Pieces 2006 (according to theMouthPiece.com) are:

Key: Rank, Test Piece & Composer, Change in Position from 2004

100 - 52:

100 - 'Cambridge Variations' (Sparke) --> -12
100 - 'Diadem of Gold' (G Bailey) --> -61
100 - 'Diamond Heritage' (Darrol Barry) --> New
100 - 'Glorifico Aeternum' (Dean Jones) --> New
100 - 'Lowry Sketchbook' (Wilby) --> -42
100 - 'Lydian Pictures' (Simon Dobson) --> -37
100 - 'Phoenix' (Carl Rüti) --> New
100 - 'Quintessence' (Redhead) --> New
100 - 'Renaissance' (Graham) --> New
100 - 'Salamander' (McCabe) --> New
98 - 'Music for the Common Man' (Downie) --> New
98 - 'Tournament for Brass' (Ball) --> -24
95 - 'Aubade, Dawn Songs of the Fabulous Birds' (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen) --> New
95 - 'Diversions for Brass Band' (Bourgeois) --> -37
95 - 'St Austell Suite' (Downie) --> New
91 - 'A London Overture' (Sparke) --> New
91 - 'Oceans' (Richards) --> -25
91 - 'Severn Suite' (Elgar) --> New
91 - 'The Force of Destiny' (Wright) --> -21
87 - 'Les Preludes' (Rimmer) --> 9
87 - 'New Jerusalem' (Wilby) --> -52
87 - 'Prague' (Bingham) --> -24
87 - 'Salute to Youth' (Vinter) --> New
85 - 'Kenilworth' (Bliss) --> -22
85 - 'Sounds' (Golland) --> -53
81 - 'A Winter's Tale' (Heath) --> New
81 - 'Kensington Concerto' (Ball) --> -7
81 - 'Northern Landscapes' (Graham) --> New
81 - 'Royal Parks' (Lloyd) --> -25
78 - 'Connotations' (Gregson) --> -38
78 - 'Festival Music' (Ball) --> -56
78 - 'Kaleidoscope' (Sparke) --> New
76 - 'Divertimento' (Brian Kelly) --> New
76 - 'Labour and Love' (Fletcher) --> New
71 - 'An Epic Symphony' (Fletcher) --> -46
71 - 'Chaucer's Tunes' (Michael Ball) --> New
71 - 'Entertainments' (Vinter) --> New
71 - 'Indian Summer' (Ball) --> New
71 - 'Vizcaya' (Vinter) --> -13
69 - 'Plantagenets' (Gregson) --> -20
69 - 'Un Vie de Matalot' (Robert Farnon) --> 5
67 - 'All The Flowers Of The Mountain' (Michael Ball) --> New
67 - 'Partita' (Sparke) --> -25
65 - 'Odin' (Butterworth) --> -11
65 - 'Rhapsody In Brass' (Goffin) --> -20
61 - 'A Mendip Celebration' (Darrol Barry) --> New
61 - 'High Peak' (Ball) --> 20
61 - 'Of Men and Mountains' (Gregson) --> -25
61 - 'Suite Gothique' (Ball) --> -14
59 - 'Ballet For Band' (Horovitz) --> -5
59 - 'Rienzi' (Lorriman) --> New
58 - 'Passacaglia on a Theme of Brahms' (Butterworth) --> New
56 - 'A Moorside Suite' (Holst) --> 40
56 - 'Dimensions' (Graham) --> New
53 - 'Fantasy for Brass Band' (Arnold) --> 17
53 - 'Montreux Wind Dances' (Carl Rüti) --> New
53 - 'Variations on an Enigma' (Sparke) --> -31
52 - 'Voyage of Discovery' (Richards) --> New

50 - 22:

50 - 'Albion' (Jan van der Roost) --> 38
50 - 'Jazz' (Wilby) --> -35
48 - 'Partita' (Gregson) --> 10
48 - 'Purcell Variations' (Downie) --> 33
47 - 'Life Divine' (Jenkins) --> -29
44 - 'Apocalypse' (Bourgeois) --> -18
44 - 'James Cook Circumnavigator' (Vinter) --> 52
44 - 'Music For A Festival' (Sparke) --> New
43 - 'Le Roi d'Ys' (Frank Wright) --> -3
41 - 'Trittico' (Curnow) --> New
41 - 'Triumphant Rhapsody' (Vinter) --> 6
39 - 'A Malvern Suite' (Sparke) --> 49
39 - 'Coventry Variations' (Tovey) --> 4
38 - 'english Heritage' (Lloyd) --> -17
37 - 'Variations on Laudate Dominum' (Gregson) --> New
36 - 'Les Preludes' (Gay) --> -19
35 - 'Isaiah 40' (Redhead) --> -16
34 - 'On Alderley Edge' (Graham) --> -6
31 - 'Between the Moon and Mexico' (Sparke) --> 1
31 - 'Dances And Arias' (Gregson) --> 6
31 - 'Variations on a Ninth' (Vinter) --> -3
29 - 'The Land of the Long White Cloud' (Sparke) --> 2
29 - 'Whitsun Wakes' (Michael Ball) --> 38
28 - 'The Night to Sing' (Tovey) --> New
27 - 'Dove Descending' (Wilby) --> -16
26 - 'Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' (Bourgeois) --> -13
25 - 'Tristan Encounters' (Ellerby) --> -11
24 - 'Triptych' (Sparke) --> 72
23 - 'Montage' (Graham) --> 4
22 - 'Diversions On A Bass Theme' (Lloyd) --> 15

20 - 11:

20 - 'Harrison's Dream' (Graham) --> 8
20 - 'Pageantry' (Howells) --> 0
19 - 'Concerto Grosso' (Bourgeois) --> -12
18 - 'Eden' (Pickard) --> New
17 - 'Tallis Variations' (Sparke) --> 15
16 - 'The Essence of Time' (Graham) --> -8
15 - 'Masquerade' (Wilby) --> -3
14 - 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' (Graham) --> New
13 - 'Cloudcatcher Fells' (McCabe) --> 3
12 - 'Revelation' (Wilby) --> -3
11 - 'Music Of The Spheres' (Sparke) --> New

The Top 10:

10 - 'Spectrum' (Vinter) --> 12
9 - 'Blitz' (Bourgeois) --> -3
8 - 'Harmony Music' (Sparke) --> 1
7 - 'Contest Music' (Heaton) --> -2
6 - 'Extreme Makeover' (Johan de Meij) --> New
5 - 'St Magnus' (Downie) --> New
4 - 'Resurgam' (Ball) --> -1
3 - 'The Year of the Dragon' (Sparke) --> -1
2 - 'Paganini Variations' (Wilby) --> 2
1 - 'Journey into Freedom' (Ball) --> 0

So, have fun digesting all that, and let the debate begin!

"tMP World's 100 Favourite Test Piece Poll" Copyright © 2006 - the MouthPiece.com - All Rights Reserved

KMJ Recordings
31.05.2006, 14:11
Nice job, Dyl :tup

Jan H
31.05.2006, 14:14
Nice job, Dyl :tup
Indeed, well done :clap:
And a very nice list of test pieces!

Also congratulations to Mr. Sparke :wink:

Matt-Trom939
31.05.2006, 14:19
Glad to see Journey taking the number one spot aswell as St Magnus going striaght into the top 5.

BRAVO!

matti_raz
31.05.2006, 14:30
Journey again........ :( tut
Although then again I forgot to vote so I can't complain!!!
Thank you, you'll keep us all going for another two years now anyway!!!

Jan H
31.05.2006, 14:50
Although then again I forgot to vote so I can't complain!!!
You can't say we didn't remind you often enough!

DublinBass
31.05.2006, 14:55
Seems like an awful lot of work for the same songs in the top 4 ;-)

Is management able to share how many people voted?

eckyboy
31.05.2006, 16:06
Great work Dyl:clap:
Sad to see one of my faves fall down (Plantagenets) but it is no surprise to see a lot of new pieces in the chart as trends and tastes change. I'm surprised Journey into Freedom was still the top choice though.:confused:

matti_raz
31.05.2006, 16:09
You can't say we didn't remind you often enough!

I know:rolleyes: ..... I just didn't realise that the date had come around so fast and I hadn't been on far a while.... Can't really complain though it's a very good hundred in all but i just don't agree with number one!!:eek:

HBB
31.05.2006, 16:16
Last year I couldn't believe how Journey was the top spot.. but after playing it at NYBB - it's amazing!!

WoodenFlugel
31.05.2006, 23:11
Well I personally have no problem with Journey as number 1 - its a fabulous piece. I thought it would be interesting to see how my "pick" fared in the big countdown so here they are (top 100 positions in blue)


Harmony Music (Sparke) (8 )
Journey into Freedom (Ball) (1)
A Downland Suite (Ireland) (not listed :eek: )
The Essence of Time (Graham) (16)
Year of the Dragon (Sparke) (3)
Spectrum (Vinter) (10)
Eden (Pickard) (not listed)
Cloudcatcher Fells (McCabe) (13)
Les Preludes (Verdi arr. Gay) (36)
The Night to Sing (Tovey) (28 )So then a bit of a mixed bag, with two non-entries. Eden I can understand - I love it, although some of my banding buddies think I'm nuts because of that, but the real surprise for me was A Downland Suite. I know its on brown paper now, but its still lovely music and has the best slow movement of any test piece IMHO (yes even better than Year of the Dragon - although its close). I've scanned the list several times now, and I'm still surprised it's not there.

Nope, just gone down the list again and its still not there. :-? Amazing.

dyl
31.05.2006, 23:13
Nope, just gone down the list again and its still not there. :-? Amazing.
Why not go through the list and look for Eden again then mate? ;)

WoodenFlugel
31.05.2006, 23:16
Why not go through the list and look for Eden again then mate? ;)

Ah number 18 - maybe I'm not such a freak after all ;) .

Still can't see Downland Suite though...:D

jingleram
31.05.2006, 23:33
1.Resurgam - Eric Ball ( 4 )
2.Essence of Time - Peter Graham ( 1 )
3.St. Magnus - Ken Downie ( 5 )
4.Journey into Freedom - Eric Ball ( 1 )
5.Revelation - Phil Wilby ( 12 )
6.Paganini Variations - Phil Wilby ( 2)
7.Harrisons Dream - Peter Graham ( 20 )
8.Purcell Variations - Ken Downie ( 48 )
9.Music of the Spheres - Philip Sparke ( 11 )
10.Blitz - Bourgeious ( 9 )

That's how my choices fared, not a bad list all in all! I missed out some obvious ones that I would put in if I was doing it again, eg. Extreme Makover, and Isiah 40. Even Deus Vobiscum (Redhead) would have made it onto my list if I had been thinking straight! Absolutely love it! Still, am happy with my choices!

dyl
31.05.2006, 23:36
Still can't see Downland Suite though...:D
Thats cos it's not there! I'll check the ful llisting for you tomorrow to see where it fared!

HBB
01.06.2006, 00:16
1. St. Magnus (Downie) 5
2. Extreme Makeover (de Meij) 6
3. Tristan Encounters (Ellerby) 25
4. Diversions on a Bass Theme (Lloyd) 22
5. Essence of Time (Graham) 16
6. Eden (Pickard) 18
7. The Night To Sing (Tovey) 28
8. Purcell Variations (Downie) 48
9. Journey into Freedom (Ball) 1
10. Harrison's Dream (Graham) 20

Glad to see Eden, St. Magnus and Extreme Makeover all in the top 20!

PeterBale
01.06.2006, 00:37
dyl, I don't know how accessible the results are, but is it possible to say which were, say, the first 3 pieces in terms of being individuals' No 1 choices?

Liz Courts
01.06.2006, 07:51
81 - 'A Winter's Tale' (Heath) --> New

Woohoo! Glad to see this one made it this time! I thought I'd be the only one voting for it! Great piece, would recommend it to any fourth section band. St Agnes have played it twice in the last ten years, getting great results both times, so it's lucky too! :D

As for A Downland Suite, I'm surprised it didn't make it. It was in my top fifteen...can't remember if it made it to my final ten though! It's a good piece too!

TheMusicMan
01.06.2006, 08:57
For those who may not have read the accompanying tMP Announcement related to our top 10... Read the exciting news here:

tMP Top Ten Pieces - the CD!! (http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21695)

dyl
01.06.2006, 10:09
dyl, I don't know how accessible the results are, but is it possible to say which were, say, the first 3 pieces in terms of being individuals' No 1 choices? 1. Contest Music
2. Resurgam
3= Blitz
3= Paganini Variations
5= Journey Into Freedom
5= Extreme Make-Over

How's that?

PeterBale
01.06.2006, 11:00
Thanks dyl - interesting to see that the support for Journey into Freedom must have been quite widespread to get top slot whilst only joint 5th when it comes to first choices.

persins
01.06.2006, 13:44
Fantastic job Dyl. I can't argue with the top pieces since most of my favourites come out in the top 20!

The CD is a fantastic idea too. I look forward to listening to it.

TheMusicMan
01.06.2006, 13:55
Fantastic job Dyl. I can't argue with the top pieces since most of my favourites come out in the top 20!

The CD is a fantastic idea too. I look forward to listening to it.Does that mean you'd purchase a copy Simon?:clap:

stephenmrry
01.06.2006, 14:37
Great job again with this survey i acctually have never heard the top piece journey into freedom but will make it my business to listen to it cause i would say its a cracking piece!

ian perks
01.06.2006, 18:10
Good to see one of my choices made number 58:clap:

Baritonedeaf
01.06.2006, 18:56
Well pleased with Extreme MAkeover - what a piece!

Matt-Trom939
01.06.2006, 21:12
Well pleased with Extreme MAkeover - what a piece!

Too true!

KMJ Recordings
01.06.2006, 22:48
Too true!

Yep - it's great.

I'm just glad I'm on my side of the microphones :D

imthemaddude
01.06.2006, 23:33
Prague 87 :eek:

brassneck
02.06.2006, 00:13
Fantastic work on collating that Dyl! There were too many considerations to choose from for me to pick my favourite 10, but I was very surprised NOT to see Energy (Robert Simpson) listed in the 100!!! :eek:

Chris Hicks
03.06.2006, 22:29
How did one of my picks tam o'shanters fair?? :biggrin: lol
was i the only one to pick it??

trumpetmike
04.06.2006, 08:46
How did one of my picks tam o'shanters fair?? :biggrin: lol
was i the only one to pick it??
This made me think - what was the minimum number of votes needed to appear at the bottom of the list?
Just out of interest (and feel free not to, you must be fed up with lists by now), do you know how many pieces were chosen without making the list?

PeterBale
04.06.2006, 10:19
You may have missed this bit, Mike, tucked in the first post:



tMP presents: The World's 100 Favourite Test Pieces 2006 - The Results

A total of 188 different pieces were put forward, and 75 different composers were nominated. From the Top 100 that is published below (it actually includes 109 pieces in all, due to ties in some positions) 46 pieces fell down the chart, 25 were climbers, 2 were non-movers and there was a whopping 36 pieces being featured in the Top 100 for the first time.


I don't know about the number of votes, though.

trumpetmike
04.06.2006, 12:29
Cheers - one day I will learn to read:oops:

Dave Euph
05.06.2006, 11:00
Here were mine:

Tristan Encounters - Martin Ellerby (25)
Tallis Variations - Philip Sparke (17)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Peter Graham (14)
Paganni Variations - Philip Wilby (2)
Music for the Moving Image - Philip Wilby (not-listed, I believe)
Dances and Arias - Edward Gregson (31)
Montage - Peter Graham (23)
Music of the Spheres - Philip Sparke (11)
Coventry Variations - Bramwell Tovey (39)
English Heritage - George Lloyd (38)

Being as Wilby seems so popular, I'm quite surprised Music for the Moving Image isn't in there, but then again I don't know how many people have had the chance to actually hear it, let alone play it!

Only one in the top ten though! I must be falling by the wayside when it comes to popular opinion. :)

starperformer
05.06.2006, 12:15
shock new entry - "Labour and Love"?!
lol

p.s. mods: is the identity of no.21 in the list classified information? or just an oversight perhaps?

dyl
05.06.2006, 12:28
p.s. mods: is the identity of no.21 in the list classified information? or just an oversight perhaps?
Not at all - if you look closer you'll see there's a tie for 20th place. :rolleyes:

starperformer
05.06.2006, 12:35
sorry, my mistake.

interesting survey, by the way. i would say that this poll suffers a bit (as every poll does) from a large number of very recently used pieces sticking in the memory better than others. if this was run every year, i think that certain pieces like "journey into freedom", 'spectrum', "cloudcatcher fells", "moorside suite" etc. would stand the test of time far better than 'eden', "all the flowers of the mountain", "a night to sing", "extreme makeover" etc. which will mostly be items of obscure trivia within 10 years. although some pieces will always be remembered more for the impact they had than for the actual piece, e.g. 'prague'

dyl
05.06.2006, 13:14
interesting survey, by the way. i would say that this poll suffers a bit (as every poll does) from a large number of very recently used pieces sticking in the memory better than others. if this was run every year, i think that certain pieces like "journey into freedom", 'spectrum', "cloudcatcher fells", "moorside suite" etc. would stand the test of time far better than 'eden', "all the flowers of the mountain", "a night to sing", "extreme makeover" etc. which will mostly be items of obscure trivia within 10 years. although some pieces will always be remembered more for the impact they had than for the actual piece, e.g. 'prague'
Thanks.

We certainly don't have any plans to run it every year - this latest one was just over two years since the original survey, and some important and interesting facts have been learned from it. We may well, however, make it a bi-annual event in order to, as you say, judge the impact of newer pieces and whether they do, in fact, stand the test of time like the classics at the top of the pile.

Liz Courts
05.06.2006, 13:56
How did one of my picks tam o'shanters fair?? :biggrin: lol
was i the only one to pick it??

Nope! At least two of us did! :)

hornblower
06.06.2006, 01:39
well done dyl, and glad to see a few of my picks made it in, altho outside of the top spots... am interested, what is the highest 4th section nomination, and why is it so many pieces are championship / 1st section choices? Having played a fair few lower section text pieces, I have to say that there is some beautiful music going on... do people think it's inferior because it's somehow easier?

Just interested!!!

PeterBale
06.06.2006, 07:20
I think one of the factors in the dominance of higher section test-pieces is simply that more people are likely to have heard them, due to their availability on highlights recordings etc, whereas lower section pieces may only really be familiar to those who have actually played them in their section.

There may also be a feeling, as seen in some of the reasons given above, that some of the top section pieces have a particular significance, and should be given priority because of that.

KMJ Recordings
06.06.2006, 08:57
I think one of the factors in the dominance of higher section test-pieces is simply that more people are likely to have heard them, due to their availability on highlights recordings etc,

I reckon Peter's hit the nail on the head there.

With the odd exception and the Regionals CDs it's not that often that the lower section pieces are committed to tape....time to get recording everybody ;)

dyl
06.06.2006, 10:12
But having said that, it's very interesting to note the impact made this year by Philip Sparke's 'Triptych' - a piece that possibly hasn't been used that much in set-test contests, including the Regionlas, or appeared on many CDs - just some excellent music (particularly the slow movement) making a lasting impression on people.

Rotson
06.06.2006, 14:27
Did you mean to leave out 'energy' by Robert Simpson or is it in the list and I just can't see it?!?:confused:

KMJ Recordings
06.06.2006, 14:57
Did you mean to leave out 'energy' by Robert Simpson or is it in the list and I just can't see it?!?:confused:


Fantastic work on collating that Dyl! There were too many considerations to choose from for me to pick my favourite 10, but I was very surprised NOT to see Energy (Robert Simpson) listed in the 100!!! :eek:

;)

People obviously didn't vote for it - cracking piece, though.

ebass.com
24.06.2006, 15:55
Well my personal favourite is 'Harrison's Dream' even though I don't ever think I'll get to play it. lol

Alan
www.newlandconcertbrass.org.uk (http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/www.newlandconcertbrass.org.uk)

steve ruck
26.06.2006, 19:55
In my opinion Eden is the finest piece ever wrote for brass bands

ncmike
27.03.2007, 21:02
I know this is mainly a Brass Band forum, but wondered if these pieces, or at least some of them, are also available for full wind band. (if they are, instead of just a yes or no, I'd appreciate if you could include a URL to the publishers)
I play in a community band in the States, and am always looking for interesting pieces to suggest to our director.

Also...as I've been perusing this forum, and especially this topic, I've really had an itch to hear some of the pieces mentioned. Are there CD's available that may include some of the more popular pieces, especially the top ten rated? I'd like to know what you chaps are talking about.
Thanks in advance to any replies.

Anno Draconis
27.03.2007, 22:06
Some of the Peter Graham Works (Harrison's Dream, Northern Landscapes and Journey to the Centre of the Earth) have wind band versions, available from Gramercy Music (http://www.gramercymusic.com/).

Also some of the Philip Sparke pieces are available in concert band versions - Music for a Festival, Year of the Dragon, Music of the Spheres, The Land of the Long White Cloud. See Philip Sparke's website (http://www.philipsparke.com/)for more info.

PeterBale
28.03.2007, 11:54
Several of the Gilbert Vinter pieces have been arranged, including "James Cook, Circumnavigator" and "Spectrum" (Rodney Newton).

Peter Graham has arranged both "Montage" and "Harrison's Dream": see his site at http://www.gramercymusic.com

"Resurgam" has also been done, I believe by Geoffrey Brand.

"A Moorside Suite" (error corrected) has been arranged by Geoffrey Emerson, but I don't know if that is generally available. Gordon Jacob arranged the "March" on its own.

John Brooks
28.03.2007, 17:15
"A Moorside Street" has been arranged by Geoffrey Emerson, but I don't know if that is generally available.

Hi Peter: You must be referring to the sequel to his better known "A Moorside Suite" ;)

PeterBale
28.03.2007, 17:40
Hi Peter: You must be referring to the sequel to his better known "A Moorside Suite" ;)

Whoops :oops:

g.w.e.
02.04.2007, 18:42
Geoffrey Emerson's arrangement of Holst's Moorside Suite is for 2flt, 2ob, 2clt, 2 bn, 4hn and string bass. Published by The Red Hedgehog, it's available via June Emerson Wind Music.


Several of the Gilbert Vinter pieces have been arranged, including "James Cook, Circumnavigator" and "Spectrum" (Rodney Newton).

Peter Graham has arranged both "Montage" and "Harrison's Dream": see his site at http://www.gramercymusic.com

"Resurgam" has also been done, I believe by Geoffrey Brand.

"A Moorside Suite" (error corrected) has been arranged by Geoffrey Emerson, but I don't know if that is generally available. Gordon Jacob arranged the "March" on its own.

John Brooks
02.04.2007, 19:37
Are there CD's available that may include some of the more popular pieces, especially the top ten rated? I'd like to know what you chaps are talking about.
Thanks in advance to any replies.

There is a good selection of CD's available. I'll try to compile a list of possibles from the top 10 rated over the next few days, but you might want to visit www.worldofbrass.com and wet your appetite.

ncmike
03.04.2007, 23:02
Thanks for the info, guys. It is appreciated.

tuba hero
02.10.2007, 04:12
What a great list, it just had to be done! There are some songs that i know of , and some i dont. If anyone would like to spare the time, heres my top 10:
1. Extreme makeover
2. Vienna nights
3. Journey into freedom
4. Les preludes
5. Terra australis
6. Music of the spheres
7. Paganini variations
8. St magnus
9. Prucelle variations
10. Le Roi d'Ys
Well, thats what i thought the top 10 should've looked like, none the less, great list!

John Brooks
02.10.2007, 06:54
Isn't Terra Australis the piece played by YBS on their Australian tour? Is there a recording available now?

tuba hero
02.10.2007, 22:17
Yeah, your right, Martin Ellerby wrote the piece for the YBS tour of australia and the national band council or whatever their name is, thought that Terra Australis would make a good test piece for the A-grade bands at the 2007 nationals, which was won by Brisbane Excelsior for a third consecutive year. The only recording of the piece i know of is on the 2007 australian nationals CD which is avaiable through musos media, but other than that, i dont know of any more recordings, sorry.

PeterBale
02.10.2007, 22:19
Isn't Terra Australis the piece played by YBS on their Australian tour? Is there a recording available now?


The only recording I am aware of is the Royal Marines playing a wind band version. Details can be found here:

http://ukcd.net/details.asp?ref=1819

tuba hero
05.10.2007, 05:45
I have heared the piece played by Brisbane Excelsior (where the timpani player broke the skin on the last strike) and it is availble through muso's media but I haven't order it yet, but Im positive theres a recording out there...

tuba hero
20.10.2007, 04:00
Hey, can anyone tell me if there is going to be another list like this for 2007, as I really would like to see another one. Thanks!

<nickw>
25.08.2008, 08:51
I've noticed that some people in their top 10 haven't given pagannini variations a spot. Apart from that I do agree with the placings most people are giving

iancwilx
25.08.2008, 12:43
Les Preludes (Verdi arr. Gay)

Verdi ????????????????????????????????

Franz Liszt I believe.

- Wilkie

steve butler
25.08.2008, 13:06
Cripes Ian! That post was Jan 2004!!! Took your time spotting it ?

iancwilx
26.08.2008, 10:56
Cripes Ian! That post was Jan 2004!!! Took your time spotting it ?

Well, b****r me, I never noticed that Steve.
Too much time on my hands I reckon !!
(or too much beer on the brain more likely.)
- YBB

dyl
26.08.2008, 12:30
(or too much beer on the brain more likely.)

Franz Liszt?

iancwilx
26.08.2008, 14:36
Franz Liszt?

+ Brahms !!!

- Wilkie

tuba hero
29.08.2008, 01:09
haha, very interesting-no paganini and no music 4 battle creek...hmmm

Anno Draconis
29.08.2008, 08:05
haha, very interesting-no paganini and no music 4 battle creek...hmmm

:confused:

If you mean Wilby's Paganini Variations it was number 2. And Music for Battle Creek was written the year after this vote took place!

imthemaddude
17.09.2008, 18:39
Will we see a list for 2008 as done in 04 and 06?

Angoose
18.09.2008, 19:01
What about Rhapsody in Brass :(

dyl
18.09.2008, 19:43
What about Rhapsody in Brass :(

Do you mean the one that was #65 in the list?