3rd Section Test Pieces

andreww

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I've really enjoyed working with the Once and Future King over the past month or so, just wondered what people's opinions were on their favourite 3rd section test piece.
 

Aurora771

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Out of all theThird Section Test Pieces I've played Tam O'Shanter's Ride was the most fun to play. My next favourite would probably be Vizcaya. And Entertainments had it's playful moments. Prelude and Jubilate's best bit was the manic drums :)
 

iancwilx

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Tam O'Shanter's Ride.

pop!
Isn't "Tam" a bit of a toughie for most 3rd Section bands or am I out of touch ?
( I know it was used at the 3rd Section Nationals a while ago but.........?)

- Wilkie
 
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not played many contests myself either, but of all the ones i have done, the most enjoyable piece i have played is oceans by goff richards. its also the most successful one i have played too. with a 2nd and a 4th coming from it.
 

stooge

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Isn't "Tam" a bit of a toughie for most 3rd Section bands or am I out of touch ?

- Wilkie
It was third section area test piece in 2005, we won on it, and it's more memorable than the national's piece that year (which I can't actually remember) and they are the only third section test pieces I've played, that's why it's my favourite.

As far as difficulty goes, I don't remember it being the most difficult test piece, probably tricky to get the style right, but that wasn't the question.
 

LostBass

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At the risk of shooting myself in the foot (I haven't seen the 2nd baritone part for either of the following) how about Swiss excursions or Hollywood
 

ian perks

Active Member
Tam O'Shanter's Ride Vizcaya. Entertainments :)
you are spot on with these pity i was not in 3rd section when these were picked GREAT Solo Baritone parts they all have got And 2 are by my favorite Brass Band composer as well non other than the man himself
Gilbert Vinter:clap: a pity this man did not live longer than he did just think of what would have been wrote by him every test piece he wrote is just topdraw.
This is my first time in 3rd section this year at area since i played at the National Finals in 1977 and WON on
Rhapsody On British Sea Shanties by Donald Osgood.
He was in the box that day along with Ken Dennison
 
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xRinat

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Royal Parks, Connatation, Partita, Elgar Variations, Extreme Make-over, Concerto grosso, Tristan Encounters, Year of the dragon, Revelation, Paganini Variations and so on..
 

Anno Draconis

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Royal Parks, Connatation, Partita, Elgar Variations, Extreme Make-over, Concerto grosso, Tristan Encounters, Year of the dragon, Revelation, Paganini Variations and so on..
3rd section??? I know lower section bands in Norway like ambitious choices, but even so :eek:
 

Gman

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I have used Dimensions and Hollywood for own choice test piece compeitions with a 3rd section band.

Both good fun to work at, playable and not too tricky round the stands.
 

Daisy Duck

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Royal Parks, Connatation, Partita, Elgar Variations, Extreme Make-over, Concerto grosso, Tristan Encounters, Year of the dragon, Revelation, Paganini Variations and so on..
You are kidding, right?! For 3rd section?! :confused:

Loads of other good suggestions on this thread. I've really enjoyed Music For A Festival, Oceans, Dimensions, Hollywood, Triptych, Dark Side Of The Moon.

Hollywood doesn't even feel like a test piece... more like an extended version of Breezin' Down Broadway.
 

xRinat

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holy..! I am so sorry, i didnt realize it was 3rd section you where looking for. Well here are some I have played wich suits the 3rd section well:
Music for a festival, Triptych, Concerto for band, Sinfonietta, Essay for band and.. Cant remember more.
 

Morghoven

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I rather like Partita: Postcards from Home by Philip Wilby, which I remember playing in the 3rd section at Pontins some years back. Plenty to keep everyone interested but nothing massively scary on any of the parts, and useful (either single movements or as a whole piece) in concerts as well.
 

xRinat

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I rather like Partita: Postcards from Home by Philip Wilby, which I remember playing in the 3rd section at Pontins some years back. Plenty to keep everyone interested but nothing massively scary on any of the parts, and useful (either single movements or as a whole piece) in concerts as well.
I think partita might be too hard for 3rd section.
 
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