Philip Sparke's Trumpet/Cornet Concerto

Andy_Euph

Active Member
As a euphonium player I would rather pull out my teeth with rusty plyers than normally listen to a cornet solo. However Philip Sparke's Cornet Concerto is an exception... its fantastic, what a gorgeous middle movement, I could listen to it over and over again.

Fantastic music, just a shame its not on euphonium :wink: , mind you your euphonium concerto is also top notch. :D

What do you think?
 

Keppler

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Staff member
Have just got a recording of this, and am working it up... Thanks for the Cb-ish modulation there Philip...

Agree - Brill stuff..
 
i take it you are refering to the one that Roger Webster recorded on Twighlight Dreams. If so then your right it is an absolutley fantastic piece of music, i really like the feel of the whole piece and the 3rd movement is ace.

Does anyone know if there is a version available to buy with the solo part with a piano accompaniment?
 

Roger Thorne

Active Member
Keppler said:
Have just got a recording of this, and am working it up... Thanks for the Cb-ish modulation there Philip...

Agree - Brill stuff..
Knight Templar will be a doddle then after this!

:wink:
 

Keppler

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Staff member
Freddy - yes there's a piano/cornet reduction available - don't have music to hand, but will look up publisher for you on Monday
Roger - no comment
 

MoominDave

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and the Piano reduction is a good piece of work from the accompanist's perspective - by no means always guaranteed. To pick a piece, Denis Wright's Cornet Concerto is the perfect 'how not to do it' example...

Does Mr Sparke play the Piano?
 

Anglo Music Press

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MoominDave said:
Does Mr Sparke play the Piano?

Yes. Very slowly!

Piano accompaniments for pieces like this are a nightmare. You want to keep as much of the band material in there, but have to leave about 70% of it out to make it pianistic. It's rather like cutting off parts of your body!
 

The Cornet King

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Have to agree with the above comments. I think the piece is a cracker. Been in my practice pad for ages, only seriously started to look at it though the past few weeks.

Its all fab! Never had the honour of hearing it played though :cry:
Anyone recommend a recording and where i can get hold of it please?
 

Will the Sec

Active Member
Piano accompaniments for pieces like this are a nightmare. You want to keep as much of the band material in there, but have to leave about 70% of it out to make it pianistic. It's rather like cutting off parts of your body!

Philip,

At least you understand this concept, so the end result will be workable, if not totally desirable from your composer's point of view.

Too many arrangers don't, and then finding an accompanist who has enough nous to leave out that which is unplayable or superfluous is a nightmare.

We're lucky at Fulham - we have a such a pianist who plays horn for us.
 
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