Favourite rest

newoleahcim

New Member
Music has intrisic quality...it's an art form the shall always speak the unspeakable, and has a mystique that will never be fathomed.

If notes are the the blood, and rythym the heart beat, then, what are rests?

Therefore Mouthpiece people, I ask....what is your favourite rest / general pause / silence in a brass band piece?
 

euphemism

Member
A sensible one - the last pause on 'Journey into Freedom' - listen to it on the Blitz cd at very high volume.......stunning


the pause is only as good as the bars before and after.....and I'm not talking about beer :guiness
 

Keppler

Moderator
Staff member
Resurgam - in the middle.
Epic Symphony - Fletcher, at the end.
Divertimento, Kelly - middle of third movement (more of a stutter than a pause, but still)
 

iggmeister

Member
Not really a band piece but the silence after the climax in Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings takes some beating.

Igg
 

Cantonian

Active Member
The rests in Resurgam take some beating. Its amazing the number of mimers in between the rests. My motto is if you are going to play in a rest make sure everyone knows about it. Alternatively turn to your next man ( woman) down and glare at him/her.....but whatever you do, do not blush!!!
 

TheMusicMan

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Staff member
iggmeister said:
Not really a band piece but the silence after the climax in Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings takes some beating.

Igg
I agree iggmeister, fantastic pause that one in Adagio - and the 7 chords following that pause..... well, quite possibly the best series/sequence of chords in any piece of music I have heard. Stunningly beautiful in my opinion... :D

and..... Oh yes.... I did an arrangement of this fabulous piece for band a few years ago. I'm not the worlds best arranger (more the best arranger in my house!!) but I had a go and it turned out OK. Was very difficult to score for band due to the number of actaves spanned in the range of the piece, but at leats it sounded like the Adagio... :?
 
the best rest has got to be the long pause before the final quaver at the very end of Blitz--the longer the wait the better the anticipation

CLASSIC!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
 

Phil Green

Supporting Member
iggmeister said:
Not really a band piece but the silence after the climax in Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings takes some beating.

Igg
I have to agree. The hairs on the back of my neck (I have none on my head) are standing up just thinking about it.

Phil.
 

Keppler

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Staff member
iggmeister said:
Not really a band piece but the silence after the climax in Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings takes some beating.

Igg
I prefer the choral version - but tis good indeed
 

TheMusicMan

tMP Founder
Staff member
Keppler said:
I prefer the choral version - but tis good indeed
.... yup - me too Neal.... I have a CD with Harry Christophers The Sixteen singing it - they call it Agnus Dei and it's briliant. The intonation and sheer precision of the high soprano part is superb.

J
 

neiltwist

Active Member
yeah, the choral version is agnus dei, but one of my favourite rests is in pictures at an exhibition, before baba yaga, and half way through after the slow bit. those are nice, but I can't think of a favourite moment right now.
 
I have transcribed John Cage's "four minutes thirty three" for brass band.

After many pain staking hours, listening to various recordings, and attending live performances all over the world, it is now available on the "studio music" label, priced £80, all parts hand written.

I have tried to incorporate different types of rest, but my favourite was the silent pause in the third movement "allegro moderato"
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
ComeBlowMyHorn said:
I have transcribed John Cage's "four minutes thirty three" for brass band.
I hope you got permission first, as otherwise it could get expensive, as Mike Batt recently found to his cost.

If it could be termed a brass band reduction, will it now have to be called "three minutes thirty three"?
 

Cantonian

Active Member
We used to have a (sad) band librarian who would time every piece that we played and put the time in pencil on the score. When we played the march Manhattan we were always after the record....but I digress.
This librarian is now deaf so would not be able to hear the arrangement of John Cage's 4 minutes 33 so would have to mark it as 0 minutes 00....the ultimate rest.

I had heard that 4 minutes 33 cannot be counted as a rest because Superman's super hearing would hear the swish of the conductor's baton cutting through the atmosphere.
 

Straightmute

Active Member
My favourites rest is the one immediately preceding the main climax in the third movement of Contest Music. I'm sure you know the one I mean!

D
 

CRat63

Member
I played a Euphonium solo a couple of years back called Shenandoah, arranged by Stephen Bulla. Not really a rest-but the cornets don't play at all in the arrangement, it is just scored for flugel downwards.......... Absolute heaven!

Craig
 

stopher

Member
4'33

Having played Arfon's arrangement of this, I think he should do well with the college arranging course!

It was miles better than the last one he did! Yous hould see him conduct it too - by far the easiest to follow I have ever seen!

Chris
 

picju96

Member
CRat63 said:
I played a Euphonium solo a couple of years back called Shenandoah, arranged by Stephen Bulla. Not really a rest-but the cornets don't play at all in the arrangement, it is just scored for flugel downwards.......... Absolute heaven!

Craig
Serenade for Horns has all the cornets tacet too.
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
picju96 said:
Serenade for Horns has all the cornets tacet too.
There's a piece by Eric Ball published in the SA repertoire that omits cornets and trombones, and is written just for the saxhorns, but I can't think what it is called.
 
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