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    Bjørsvik Brass perform world premiere of Dalí

    For those of you without the patience to listen to the 17 minute version of the live performance of Dalí with music, here is the middle slow section, with 4 minutes of the Dalí artwork that inspired the music!
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    Bjørsvik Brass perform world premiere of Dalí

    Bjørsvik Brass performed the World Premiere of my test piece Dali last weekend in Bergen, Norway. They spent only 5 weeks working up this fiendishly difficult piece in amongst a full programme of other works. Bjørsvik are ranked in the top 50 of brass bands in the world and I am deeply honoured...
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    Temperamental by Fendall Hill

    David, it was really refreshing to get your honest assessment of Temperamental, and I really appreciated it. Overnight, I was wondering what you would make of the piece I wrote immediately after it, especially considering your feedback... but only if you are inclined, and have the time:
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    Temperamental by Fendall Hill

    Thanks for taking the time to give that feedback David, much appreciated. Many of the chords and progressions are actually entire Bach pieces, but I guess he was pretty unpredictable with where he was heading. I’m intrigued about the “screeching Bb Basses like euphos” comment, apart from the...
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    Temperamental by Fendall Hill

    Yep, the whole piece started because I had 4 bars at the end of the fugue in my head, other key pieces are the St Matthews Passion, and two Preludes.
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    Temperamental by Fendall Hill

    J.S. Bach... that is all
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    World Premiere - Dalí by Fendall Hill

    ... and for the real band geeks who can’t be bothered with pictures and stuff... the “follow-the-score” version:
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    World Premiere - Dalí by Fendall Hill

    A link to many of my pieces on YouTube here if you’re interested https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPrPaGrfbOEqThUB9lu0Uw
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    World Premiere - Dalí by Fendall Hill

    Bjørsvik Brass will be performing the world premiere of Dalí on 29 September in Søreidgrend, Norway 6pm, so if you happen to be nearby, drop in. Here’s a link to YouTube with a video featuring the work alongside the artwork and photos of Dalí, there is also a “follow-the-score” version...
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    Maurice Andre is dead

    I think what distinguished Maurice Andre for me, and made him the only brass player I ever aspired to, was the full tone and sheer personality that came through his playing - it made everyone else sound like machines (usually with a sickly tone when playing high) in comparison. He was the reason...
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    New Ensemble in Auckland, NZ

    Yes Marc, of course we've all heard of "Hextets"?
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    New Ensemble in Auckland, NZ

    So if there's ten, is it called "Decobrassy". Perhaps it should be restricted to six players ;)
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    Why does the Principal Cornet sit there?

    Thanks for all the discussion to date, I've found it interesting. I'm tending towards the thought that it doesn't probably matter so much in "better" bands as much as bands where the lower cornets need the coaching from the PC. Personally as a soprano player, I would like to sit where I could...
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    Why does the Principal Cornet sit there?

    I don’t know if this has been thrashed out previously on this site, but since my return to banding since 2004 after a 17-year sabbatical, I have been wondering about the logic behind the traditional seat placing of the principal cornet on the end of the front row. I would presume the job of a...
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    Red Hymn books

    We got new copies of the red hymn book recently - and considering how widely they are used, and for such a long time, I still can't believe they haven't corrected all the mistakes! (and I don't mean the mistakes I add in!!)
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