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Thread: Best Test Pieces of the last 10 years

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    Best Test Pieces of the last 10 years

    I don't claim to be an expert on test pieces, I have my favourites just like anyone.

    I was just wondering what other people think might be the most innovative, enjoyable/entertaining, challenging test pieces of the recent times? Basically your favourites, and that will stand the test of time like the good oldies.

    Thoughts?


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    "best" is nore than a little subjective, but the ones I've enjoyed either playing or listening to the most and would really like to hear more of, are
    Dances & Alleluias
    Extreme Makeover
    St Magnus
    Vienna Nights
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    Vienna Nights for me too, a classic, although I did also very much enjoy And When the River Told.

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    Eden
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    Titan's Progress

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    Roccoco Variations, Prague (I know it was written in 1995 but used in 2003).
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    (1) Eden
    (2) St Magnus
    (3) Saint Saens Variations

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonium View Post
    Prague (I know it was written in 1995 but used in 2003).
    Seconded, great piece
    "Sometimes I wish I had been more spontaneous. I feel like going out, stealing a traffic cone, putting it on my head and saying 'Look at me, I'm a Giant witch'"

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    Played "Variations on an Enigma" at an own choice with Cambridge two years ago if that counts , cracking EEb part and we got a 2nd place on it.

    At the risk of summoning He-who-must-not-be-named I also enjoyed "James Cook" and "Salute to Youth" couple of years back with Ipswich at Butlins / Area.

    In terms of listening , "Eden" and "Torchbearer" are faves as well.
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    For me, in terms of listening I have to go with "Audivi Media Nocte", "Titans Progress" and "Extreme Makeover"

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    Breath of Souls.
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    Brighouse & Rastrick

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    For me my top 3 consists of:

    Elgar Variations
    Audivi Media Nocte
    The Torchbearer
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    Albion; Contest Music; Eden; Elgar Variations; Extreme Makeover; Music for Battle Creek; On The Shoulders of Giants; St. Magnus; Torchbearer; Vienna Nights. In alphabetical order because I could never pick a single favourite let alone put my favourite ten in any order; then again, tomorrow my top ten could well be different as I think of Concertino; Harrison's Dream; Breath of Souls; Spiriti; From Ancient Times; Revelation; Rococo Variations.........my goodness there has been some very fine music used in the past 10 years.

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    Almost anything by Peter Graham.

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