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    As far as I know, which isn't very far, EBBA just...

    As far as I know, which isn't very far, EBBA just asks that each representative body nominates a band for the contest somehow. The mechanism for nominating is up to individual associations. Hence the...
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    I almost entirely agree with you (apart from...

    I almost entirely agree with you (apart from Arabian Nights being a 'great piece'), but there's a contradiction there - Spiriti is based on 'Für deinen Thron tret´ ich hiermit', a Bach chorale....
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    I was thinking more along the lines of HK Gruber,...

    I was thinking more along the lines of HK Gruber, but OK...
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    No - the point I'm making is unpopular ones (like...

    No - the point I'm making is unpopular ones (like Aubade, or Prague) don't - or at least not ones that are immediately apparent, by which I mean they're often more or less the loudest point in the...
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    That 'separate weekends' drivel made me laugh,...

    That 'separate weekends' drivel made me laugh, it's the silliest idea since, well, the last silly idea in banding. If they'd actually implemented that there's have been three areas still to go,...
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    Is this another wind up thread? Leaving aside...

    Is this another wind up thread?

    Leaving aside the blockbuster top section testpieces for a minute, and leaving aside the concert work that puts bread on most bands' tables, and leaving aside the...
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    Another of the numerous things in that book that...

    Another of the numerous things in that book that might have been applicable in 1938 but make no sense now!
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    I'm tempted to argue that it's impossible, given...

    I'm tempted to argue that it's impossible, given the compromises required. In some ways, Contest Music fits the bill for me, because not only is it an outstanding piece of compositional technique...
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    For want of a better word, immediacy. Both...

    For want of a better word, immediacy. Both Paganini and Music for a Festival have an immediate appeal on first play/listen. If I had the time, I'd be interested to analyse a few of the most popular...
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    In an antipodean accent?

    In an antipodean accent?
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    Eikanger's top man and Geneva 'Symphony' cornet...

    Eikanger's top man and Geneva 'Symphony' cornet endorsee David Morton. His 3rd valve slide came out during their own choice performance, apparently - in the bit in 'Audivi' where top man, solo euph...
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    Surely (unless I've misunderstood) WRITING them...

    Surely (unless I've misunderstood) WRITING them is not the issue. Playing them back at the correct pitch is the issue - and if you absolutely need the playback why not write the euphonium in bass...
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    My predictions are that at least 30 bands will...

    My predictions are that at least 30 bands will come away having been robbed blind by deaf adjudicators after a mate of a mate who listened through the door told them they were nailed on to win, it...
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    I think the 3rd from the left on the front is the...

    I think the 3rd from the left on the front is the legend that is Terry Holden, one of the nicest blokes in banding. And isn't that Garry Cutt in the tux on the right? I know he was resident about...
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    It's quite true to say that the generous prize...

    It's quite true to say that the generous prize fund at the top (and indeed for the winners of the other sections) is funded by all the bands who don't win staying for the weekend and boozing all...
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    It's possible that earlier versions of Sibelius...

    It's possible that earlier versions of Sibelius don't handle the transposition of a BBb tuba part in treble clef correctly for playback (out of the box, at least). In 6, it's fine, but I seem to...
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    Really? Gosh. Tsk, tsk.

    Really? Gosh. Tsk, tsk.
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    Why? Works for other arts organisations....

    Why?

    Works for other arts organisations. Without money, every musical group from the Shillingsby Blowers to the Royal Opera House shuts up shop and finishes, and telling people you haven't got any...
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    Seascapes and Chorale. Played the latter at one...

    Seascapes and Chorale. Played the latter at one of the early first section Nationals (about 20 years ago?) and really enjoyed it, but it's never been seen since as far as I know. Such a shame.

    A...
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    Best thread in ages. Back of the net. The...

    Best thread in ages.


    Back of the net. The idea that bands should somehow be paid (by joe public, their local council, the Arts Council, sponsors, the lottery, or whoever) to go contesting is at...
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    God forbid anyone should congratulate BBE on...

    God forbid anyone should congratulate BBE on their success and "everyone in the brass band movement" aren't members, so technically it's got nothing to do with them anyway.

    I've seen enough of the...
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    good questons! BBE doesn't run a contest any more...

    good questons! BBE doesn't run a contest any more (it commissioned a couple for the ENBBC); Kapitol, the Open and Butlins all run major national multi section contests that could follow the Swiss...
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    You completely missed my point. I did say, and I...

    You completely missed my point. I did say, and I quote:

    In this case the band own a set of originals, so I can't imagine anyone taking issue with them copying the parts to make turnovers easier....
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    The only difference between the cinema example...

    The only difference between the cinema example and photocopying music is one of scale. Since film distributors are (usually) multi-million pound operations they can afford the legal fees to go after...
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    Most have! Or at least, supplement their (usually...

    Most have! Or at least, supplement their (usually meagre) composition income with a 'proper job' of some sort.

    I know this is drfiting off the topic a bit, but hey, I've never let that stand in...
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