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    Best Modern Cornet Solo

    Hi all,

    I'm bored of all the old styled cornet solos, and am looking for some more modern sounding pieces.
    I've been searching the internet, and quite like:

    Concertpiece for Cornet - James Curnow
    Emerald Skies - Paul Lovatt-Cooper
    Song and Dance - Philip Sparke
    Manhattan - Philip Sparke
    Jubilance - William Himes

    But I wonder if anyone could suggest a few more, or maybe pick your favourite and post it?

    Cheers,
    Luke
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    what exactly do you mean by 'all the old...' ? Are you talking about Air Varies?
    What are you looking for in a solo - to challenge yourself, to develop, to perform? It can make a big difference to what you choose.

    There are dozens and dozens of cornet solos recorded by some amazing players - listen to as many as you can, and don't forget about Salvation Army players or pieces. And remember, a beautifully played slow melody can be a hundred times more impressive than a fast and flashy piece - listen to them too.
    If I had to pick just one I'd probably go with the Bells of Peover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental View Post
    what exactly do you mean by 'all the old...' ? Are you talking about Air Varies?
    I didn't want to narrow it down to 'not air-varies', as I know there are so decent modern styled varies.
    Luke Dempsey

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    fair enough... so what exactly (or which solos) did you mean?
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    Hi Luke - I was about to put a thread up asking for Air Varies for Rory! Jubilance and Song and Dance are great - as has already been suggested, how about some of the S.A. pieces? Tucker and Life's Pageant are good. Why don't you get someone to write one for you - Simon Kernow and Kevin Birch have written a trio, quartet and solo for us, and we were able to tell them what the strengths and weakness were so that the piece was suitable. Wasn't very expensive either, and cheaper than buying different pieces that you may not like
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    I meant solo's such as Zelda, Carnival of Venice, Macushla, I hear you calling me etc. Alex - just the regulars that have been played thousands of times...
    Thats a great idea actually Fiona! Will email them and see what they can offer
    Luke Dempsey

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    Joyous Song - Richard Phillips (From SA repertoire)
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    Prelude and Capriccio by Gregson

    Song and Dance is excellent - there are 2 bars in it if such awkwardness that I've only ever heard it played right once - by Hans Gansch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippy_Cornet View Post
    Joyous Song - Richard Phillips (From SA repertoire)
    Good shout, it's an extensive and demanding solo written for the 28th anniversary of the Canadian Staff Band in 1996.

    The following are also of the 'demanding' type;
    Life Abundant - Robert Redhead
    Golden Slippers - Norman Bearcroft
    Song of Exultation - Norman Bearcroft

    This is my Story - Krister Lundkvist, is a latin-style solo for cornet (or trumpet) based on the hymn 'Blessed Assurance'.

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    Wilky used to play Howard Snell's cornet solo. Can't remember what it's called but do remember the band loved it and it really showed off soloist. He's on here so might read this and let us know what it was called.

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    Golden Slippers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Green View Post
    Golden Slippers?
    http://www.salvoaudio.com/audio/music4/mus_7014.mp3

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    By modern do you mean ones that are not traditional theme and variations? I ask because Golden Slippers is 40 years old, Life Abundant must be around 30, Song of Exultation over 30 (?), Song and Dance must be near 20 years old and the Curnow must be nearly 15 now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Green View Post
    Wilky used to play Howard Snell's cornet solo. Can't remember what it's called but do remember the band loved it and it really showed off soloist. He's on here so might read this and let us know what it was called.
    Fantasy for Cornet perhaps? Based on ye olde Englishe tune 'summer is icumen in'.
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    I like playing newer cornet solos too - something a little more original that hasn't been heard a million times before!

    The ones I really like are

    Grace by Leigh Baker (and this is my absolute favourite solo that I've ever played - audiences love it too)
    Whirlwind by Peter Graham (easier than it sounds!)
    Emerald Skies by Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    I'd like to play Fujiko by Andy Scott, it's a beautiful piece of music.
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