Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 19 April 2020


Hello Brass Banders

Another week of lock down has gone by and it sounds as though maybe another four weeks is to follow before we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope this programme will help to brighten up your week. I have chosen a very diverse choice of music for this show and I am sure there will be some of the pieces you will have played and hopefully a few you have not heard before and when things do start to get back to normal banding you will get your band to have a go at them and maybe incorporate them into a future performance.

I have just written a light hearted look at park engagements, what might be considered as the bread and butter jobs for most bands. Look out for the story it should be published very soon.

Anton Karas (7.07.1906 – 10.01.1985) was an Austrian zither player and composer, best known for his internationally famous 1948 soundtrack to Carol Reed's The Third Man, which came about as a result of a chance meeting.

Born in Vienna, one of five children of a factory worker, Anton Karas was already keen on music as a child. He wanted to become a bandleader, which because of the family's financial situation was impossible. However, he was allowed to learn to play an instrument, as were his two brothers and two sisters. He later reported that his first zither was one he found in his grandmother's attic at the age of 12.

On the order of his father, he undertook an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at the age of 14, while also taking evening courses in music at a private institution. He successfully finished his apprenticeship in 1924 and worked in a car-factory until becoming unemployed in January 1925. Having already begun to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in 1924, he subsequently earned his living as an entertainer in a Heuriger (a wine bar, typically with a garden, usually selling the year's new wine) and soon found himself earning more income than his father. He continued his studies until 1928.

In 1930, he married, with the birth of his daughter following three months later. From 1939 to 1945 he was with German Wehrmacht anti-aircraft warfare, temporarily in Russia, where he also took a zither along. He lost more than one instrument from war action but always managed somehow to find another one.

In the summer of 1948, director Carol Reed was preparing to shoot The Third Man in Vienna and was staying in the Hotel Sacher, along with many of the British element of the Allied Control Commission for Austria. Robert Baty, the young son of the Director of Education, C.W. Baty, was given the task of showing the director around the city. On the second day, they stopped at a Heuriger, a wine tavern where growers offer their own wines for sale directly and heard Karas playing the zither in the background. This is described in Karas' L.A. Times and Reuters obituary which states that:

Reed, desperately searching for a theme tune ... chanced on the tavern in Vienna's Grinzing wine-growing district. Struck by the simple zither melodies, Reed asked a stunned Karas if he would compose the music for the film. Karas protested, saying he had never actually written music. As Karas later told the story, the director insisted and invited Karas to England. The Austrian became homesick and asked to be allowed to return. Reed told him he could—as soon as he had written the music. Under this pressure, Karas wrote his Harry Lime theme.

The film—with the music a contributing factor—was a gigantic success, and Karas' life was changed drastically.

Playlist 19 April 2020 Recording Details
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeOpening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010 'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Bavarian Dances - III (of 3) The Marksman - Edward Elgar arr: Major Peter ParkesBlack Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1988 'A Tribute to Elgar, Delius and Holst' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN8551 - 1988
Rhapsody - Brenton Broadstock
Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 2000​
'Essay for Brass Vol.3' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 202D - 2000​
La Boda de Luis Alonso - Jeronimo Gimenez arr: James Gourlay​
Williams Fairey Band MD: James Gourlay - 1997​
'Spanish Impressions' - CD - Chandos Brass CHAN 4544 - 1997​
La Rondine Act 1: Doretta's Aria - Puccini arr: Major Peter ParkesFlugel Soloist Mark Walters with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1998
'The Melody Shop' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN 4552 - 1998​
Anthem - Carl Davis Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2008 'Highlights of the European Brass Band Championships- - Double CD2 - Doyen Recording DOY CD211 - 2006
The Sand Volcano from the film The Mummy - Jerry Goldsmith arr: Goff Richards​
Oberaargauer Band (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2005​
'Epic Film Themes' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD910 - 2005​
Abu Hassan - Weber arr: Howard Lorriman​
British Army Band MD: Bandmaster (WO1) Chris King - 2008​
'Top Brass' - CD - MHP: MHP208 - 2008​
Home on the Range - Erik LeidzenEuphonium Soloist Christian Marklew with the Coventry City Band of the Salvation Army BM: Steve Whitmore - 2004 'To the Highest' - CD -
Whirligig - Derek BourgeoisBrass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992 'Whirligig' - CD - KRO - KKI CD 9204 - 1992
Sanctus From "Saint Cecile" - Charles Gounod arr: Thomas Wyss​
The Marple Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2000​
'The Right Stuff' - CD - MF-Publications - CD8309 - 2000​
St Magnus - Kenneth Downie Buy as you View Cory Band MD: Dr Robert Childs - 2004
'Now That's What I Call Brass (compilation) - Double CD - world of Brass CD 106 - 2004​
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tarrega arr: Sandy Smith​
Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2005 'Spectacular Classics Volume 5' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD 906 - 2005
Down by the Sally Gardens - Traditional arr: Leigh BakerCornet Soloist Kirsty Abbotts with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band MD: Alan Ramsey - 2006
'Soliloquy' - CD - World of Brass SFZ 139 - 2007​
Limehouse Blues - Philip Braham arr: Steve SykesBrass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992 'Whirligig' - CD - KRO - KKI CD 9204 - 1992
The Third Man T- Anton Karas arr: Mike Sutherland
Foden's Richardson Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2004​
'Ghost Train' - CD - MF Recording Switzerland - 2004​
David Of The White Rock -Traditional arr: WoodMount Charles Band MD: Bryan Hurdley - 2001 'Full Spectrum' - CD - MCBCD01 - 2001
Lord of The Dance from Cry of the Celts - Peter GrahamRoberts Bakery Band MD: Colin Cranson - 2011 'Victory' - CD - .... 2011
American Dream - Elgar HowarthBritannia Building Society MD: Howard Snell - 1991 'Pictures of an Exhibition' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY011 - 1991
Overture: The Impresario - Mozart Welwyn Garden City Band MD: David Jones - 2004 'The Platinum Album' - Soundline SLB 4051 - 2004
Honour the Brave - William Rimmer Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2005 'World Famous Marches' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD902 - 2005
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeClosing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010 'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010


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