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    Commissioned Test Pieces...

    I'm writing a dissertation on brass bands, in particular how the test piece has evolved.

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any test pieces that have been specifically commissioned for a certain contest in recent years or whether this rarely happens these days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahLouise View Post
    I'm writing a dissertation on brass bands, in particular how the test piece has evolved.

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any test pieces that have been specifically commissioned for a certain contest in recent years or whether this rarely happens these days?
    Pieces are commissioned regularly for contests, either by the band or by the organisers. To name a few:

    ...And when the river told... - Commissioned for the 2010 Scottish Open
    Infinity - Commissioned for the 2008 English National Championships
    The Torchbearer - Commissioned for the National Championships of GB 2009

    Red Priest - Commissioned by Black Dyke for 2010 Europeans
    A Tale as Yet Untold - Commissioned by Cory for 2010 Europeans
    On the Sholders of Giants - Commissioned by Cory for 2009 Europeans
    Spirits of Puccini - Commissioned by Brass Band Oberosterreich for 2009 Europeans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bass Man View Post
    ...And when the river told... - Commissioned for the 2010 Scottish Open
    Beat me to it....

    More info here
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    OO thank you!

    The recent literature I've read suggested that composers are not composing as much specifically for the contest arena but I'm glad to hear thats not the case!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahLouise View Post
    OO thank you!

    The recent literature I've read suggested that composers are not composing as much specifically for the contest arena but I'm glad to hear thats not the case!
    It is most definitely not the case. If you research recent works by Martin Ellerby, Peter Graham, Phillip Sparke and Philip Wilby you will probably find many that have been specifically commissioned.

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    Vienna Nights, Rococo Variations and A Night to Sing were all commissioned by the Open afaik. I think Ken Downie's Elgar tribute (Elgar Variations?) was too.

    Within Blue Empires, Infinity and Dances and Alleluias for the EN.

    Sleepless Cities for Butlins.

    I think Eden was commissioned for the Nationals?

    Plus of course the set test for the European is commissioned every year.

    So there's quite a few...
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    i think Martin Ellerby wrote Elgar Variations?
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    Titans Progress (Hermann Pallhuber) for Oberosterreich in the 2007 (?) european own choice.


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    Visions of Gerontius (Robert Redhead) for the 2007 (I think) Open
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobBari View Post
    i think Martin Ellerby wrote Elgar Variations?
    He did

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    Quote Originally Posted by themusicalrentboy View Post
    Visions of Gerontius (Robert Redhead) for the 2007 (I think) Open
    No; Kenneth Downie
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    Not forgetting Music for Battle Creek (Sparke) for the 2007 finals

    Some European set tests have included Spiriti, From Ancient Times and Brass Blot

    Ellerby composed Malcolm Arnold Variations for the 2008 Masters and I believe that a new work has been commissioned for the 2011 Masters, although I do not know who by or what it might be about

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    Not forgetting Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Peter Graham, commissioned by Black Dyke for the 2005 Europeans

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    I thought it may be helpful to repeat a post from anther thread on this subject, particularly as it highlights a couple of pieces that were joint commissions from more than one organisation:

    Open: 1995: Revelation; 2005: Night to Sing; 2006: Vienna Nights; 2007: Visions of Gerontius; 2008: Rococo Variations (joint commission with Norway)

    Nationals: 2004: All the flowers of the mountain (BBC commission for Nationals); 2005: Eden (Brass Band Heritage Trust commission for Nationals); 2009: The Torchbearer (with Australia)
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    Labour & Love 1913....
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