2018 Area test pieces

By this time last year people were confidently sharing views/ideas/rumours of potential area test piece, and this year it seems very quiet, so I thought I would start a thread.
So what would people like to play, and what if anything have people heard?
 

Tom-King

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Not heard anything concrete at all...

Heard rumours that it's a new composition for 2nd, but not much more than that.

Be interesting to see what we get for champ and what everyone else gets for that matter - lots of great pieces and lots that wouldn't excite me much at all, we'll find out before too long, IIRC it was announced not long before lower section finals last year?
 

Tom-King

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I don't know... is it customary for them to pick pieces based purely on anniversaries of the composers deaths?

Either way, I could happily not play another Vinter piece for atleast a few years.
 

tubamaest

Member
I don't know... is it customary for them to pick pieces based purely on anniversaries of the composers deaths?

Either way, I could happily not play another Vinter piece for atleast a few years.
Let's see Tom!! But surely 2019 would be more fitting! Plus I've just done Vinter at Blackpool so hope not! Lol
 

Tom-King

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Same - 2 years running now, fingers firmly crossed that it's Vinter at neither areas or Blackpool this year...

We'll see I guess, can't imagine it's likely to be another old one but that doesn't narrow it down much even if I'm right
 

MoominDave

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I don't normally solicit intel on this - we'll have more than enough time to reconcile ourselves with the choice from January! - but it was fed into my ear recently that the top section piece will be "a Peter Graham piece, one used in the last couple of years at the Europeans". By my reckoning that could be either "The Triumph of Time" or "Metropolis 1927". TTOT I suspect is too hard for this contest. Metropolis would be a great choice on its own - but when we see that it's been chosen as the 2018 Masters piece too, we remember the groan that accompanied both Areas and Masters choosing "Cambridge Variations" in the same year only last year. And when I personally recall playing it as an own choice at the end of last year, I wish for something different! We had a lot of fun with it, but rehearsing any piece for three contests within a couple of years spoils it badly...

So I'm hoping that rumour's wrong...
 

matt_23

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I don't normally solicit intel on this - we'll have more than enough time to reconcile ourselves with the choice from January! - but it was fed into my ear recently that the top section piece will be "a Peter Graham piece, one used in the last couple of years at the Europeans". By my reckoning that could be either "The Triumph of Time" or "Metropolis 1927". TTOT I suspect is too hard for this contest. Metropolis would be a great choice on its own - but when we see that it's been chosen as the 2018 Masters piece too, we remember the groan that accompanied both Areas and Masters choosing "Cambridge Variations" in the same year only last year. And when I personally recall playing it as an own choice at the end of last year, I wish for something different! We had a lot of fun with it, but rehearsing any piece for three contests within a couple of years spoils it badly...

So I'm hoping that rumour's wrong...

I believe Metropolis is an option on the list for the Scottish Open this year too...
 

Tom-King

Well-Known Member
I don't normally solicit intel on this - we'll have more than enough time to reconcile ourselves with the choice from January! - but it was fed into my ear recently that the top section piece will be "a Peter Graham piece, one used in the last couple of years at the Europeans". By my reckoning that could be either "The Triumph of Time" or "Metropolis 1927". TTOT I suspect is too hard for this contest. Metropolis would be a great choice on its own - but when we see that it's been chosen as the 2018 Masters piece too, we remember the groan that accompanied both Areas and Masters choosing "Cambridge Variations" in the same year only last year. And when I personally recall playing it as an own choice at the end of last year, I wish for something different! We had a lot of fun with it, but rehearsing any piece for three contests within a couple of years spoils it badly...

So I'm hoping that rumour's wrong...
Depends how far we're going back I suppose?

Some super Peter Graham stuff out there, wouldn't mind On Alderly Edge or Harrison's Dream at all.
 

MoominDave

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"In the last couple of years" limits us a bit, though I don't think it was meant precisely. "Harrison's Dream" is a great piece, one of PG's best. Quite a challenge for the Area, but not above and beyond by any means.
 
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