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New Music

This message was contributed by Simon Lenton on 2/2/03.
It was in reply to this message: New Music
posted by Jim Smith on 2/2/03.

This one ain't easy! It's like saying what's your favorite meal. You couldn't eat the same thing every day even if you liked it THAT much. OK enough skirting round the issue. If your asking me to pick one piece only, I'd probably pick Julian Philips' Brass Studies. The reason being that it matches all my criteria for a good piece. It stands up as a fine piece of music. It's well written to show off some good brass techniques. It's taxing to play but worthwhile, and audiences seem to enjoy it. So on a points system - which is I think, the only way you can judge this - my winner. That's not to say that the others aren't good pieces either. Philip Wilby's two quintets are brilliant and on a different day I might have picked these - then again I quite like the Nyman and the Joubert. And how could I not mention the Souster - it's wonderful. Then Colin Matthew's came up with a real gem for us a couple of years ago too. See what I mean.......?

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