So, all the shouting's now done, and the dust is settling. Did we all come to enjoy the tasks we were set?
Ah now I'd heard that story too, but we were the next band on and backstage, and therefore cant verify it. I've also heard a slightly different version that they did have basses playing. At the end of the day if the adjudicator doesnt notice it, its certainly not breaking any rules (timp also opens) - its no different than cutting 2 euphs down to 1, or cutting out a trom if theyre written in union. However if the adjudicator DOES notice it, then you would expect them to make appropriate comment.Have you heard the one about a band that deliberately left out the bass part of Napoleon, letting the timps cover the opening as a soli, and came first? Did this happen up and down the country?
A lot of parts were in unison, so a bit of chopping and changing between parts and you could probably get by with 16 parts if you are prepared to have people skipping from one part to another. One band I saw had a percussionists running around the stage like he had ants in his pants.One band in our section had only 16 players-no idea how many parts they missed out, still managed to come 7th out of 11 though
Does it actually matter, perhaps they were short of quality basses, one never knows. Certainly in a few rehearsals we tried substituting a Euph which worked quite well. I also went to a different area and saw one band with only 5 cornets, they weren’t placed but all credit for having a real go at the piece and another band put their flugel by the side of the MD but pointing backwards. There’s a band in this area that is well known for their MD rearranging whole parts and sections to produce very good results.
I suspect that the adjudicator is so intent on following the score and listening that a skilled MD can get away with murder and I am perfectly happy with that. Good luck.
Have you heard the one about a band that deliberately left out the bass part of Napoleon, letting the timps cover the opening as a soli, and came first? Did this happen up and down the country?
Musically healthy or not when done for contesting reasons, there is a musical argument to be made for rewriting in general - if it makes a piece 'sound better', then it's justified.
If a piece is simply poorly scored, are we required to simply respect the poor scoring? Or should we fix it?