Best Ever (Or Favourite) Last Note

Dave Payn

Active Member
Don't know about all time favourite last note but a few of my top 'endings'

Montage - Peter Graham

Pictures at an Exhibition - Great Gate of Kiev - Mussorgsky/Howarth (PJBE recording)

Checkmate - Bliss/Ball

Just As I Am arr. Wilfred Heaton (leaving three front row cornets, pianissimo on that F major chord is just....wow!)
 

James McFadyen

New Member
2nd Movement 'Threnody' to Darrol Barry's A Salford Sinfonitta. Well actually the best notes are the few chords preceding the very last note. A very evocative harmonic structure.
 
End of (4th movement) of Brahms 4th symphony. Not brass band, obviously.

What about most disappointing endings? Tristan Encounters.

Daniel
 

ScrapingtheBottom

Active Member
I know its not brass bandy, but the ending of Sibelius' 5th is pretty quality.

In brass band terms my fav would be Pictures at an Exhibition.
 

Accidental

Supporting Member
If we're talking original bb music, then for me it has to be Blitz 8)
Absolute worst ever last note, imo, is Tristan - what an anticlimax!
 

Keppler

Moderator
Staff member
Pageantry, Pines of Rome, Epic Symphony

Best one of all though is Barber's Agnus Dei..
 

Valvecap

Member
agree with pines of rome. Shame this aint including first notes too - Devil and the deep blue sea might feature a bit more than it will in this one...
 

MoominDave

Well-Known Member
How about the 2nd movement of Holst's Moorside Suite? That massive pp texture is an undeservedly neglected effect, and it is placed in its perfect context there.

Dave
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
MoominDave said:
How about the 2nd movement of Holst's Moorside Suite? That massive pp texture is an undeservedly neglected effect, and it is placed in its perfect context there.

Dave
Yup, didn't think of that one! Good choice!
 

Andy Stevens

New Member
Best note ever? It's got to be the sublime trumpet playing of the master himself, Gonzo the Great, on the last note of the Muppets Show theme.

Worst note ever? Probably the same one, when I had to play it. All I had to do (aged 10) was hit a high note REALLY badly. I'd been doing that since I first picked up the instrument 2 years before, and so was quite justifiably upset when, on stage, I smacked my first ever perfect fff top C and held it straight despite my attempts to fall off it!
 

Lothianh

Member
ScrapingtheBottom said:
I know its not brass bandy, but the ending of Sibelius' 5th is pretty quality.
Amen to that!! Although I think I have to go with the ending to his 7th - the apotheosis of C Major. ;-)

In brass band music, I think the final three bars of Journey into Freedom are fantastic - the ascending line in the bass parts, resolving on the final chord, great stuff!

How about suggestions of endings we love...because we dislike the pieces so much we can't wait for the end!! :)

-Lothian
 

iggmeister

Member
Last note to Contest Music by Wifred Heaton.

For the best example, listen to the version on the Complete Champions CD by Black Dyke. Awesome every time.

Igg
 

drummerboy

Member
Tristan - definitely an anticlimax!!!
Best ending - what about Corpus Christi? Paganini Variations has got to be up there too!
 
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