The Music Commission of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the set test pieces for the sixth European Youth Brass Band Contest to be held in the Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, Sunday 28 April 2019.
Youth Contest (Premier) Sanctuary! by Daniel Hall (10 mins)
Youth Contest (Development) Argos by Stephan Hodel (8 mins)
Created to challenge experienced youth and community bands, Sanctuary! is inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel of 1931, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The title is a reference to the climax of the story when heroic Quasimodo rescues Esmerelda from death and carries her to the top of the bell tower whilst screaming “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!”. The work in in three movements, dominated by the sound of bells. The first movement, Cour des Miracles, depicts the sounds of a colourful festival with the bells of Notre Dame ringing joyously. The second, Miséricorde, is an ardent song from the bell ringer, Quasimodo, to his adored Esmerelda, declaring his unbounded love. The final movement, ANANKH, refers to the message that Hugo intended for the book, fate and destiny. The suite concludes with a reprise of the love song, signifying hope and restoration.
The performing material of Sanctuary! is being produced specially for the contest by the composer and can be ordered exclusively by email from Paul Hindmarsh, Chair EBBA Music Commission, email@example.com.
Argos was commissioned by the Luzerner Kantonal-Blasmusikverbandes LKBV. Completed in the Autumn of 2009, it was the set test piece in the third section of the 2010 Lucerne Cantonal Music Festival, Willisau. Argos is one of the oldest cities in Greece, a powerful rival of Sparta, Athens, and Corinth. The word Argos can also be translated as ‘bright’ or ‘shining’, which is the meaning that Stephan Hodel has adopted for his bright, festive suite. Argos is in three parts, a fanfare-like opening, a song or chorale-like middle section, and a light-hearted final movement.
Check our website for the CV of both composers. goo.gl/9dHfqm ... See MoreSee Less
Great events lie ahead... At the "Deutsches Musikfest" an Entertainment Contest for Brass Bands will be held on 31st of may and 1st of June 2019 in Osnabrück. In the open contest short programmes of your own choice will be played in congress hall of OsnabrückHalle in front of a hopefully enthusiastic audience. An internationally renowned two parted jury will evaluate musical achievment and entertainment value of your performance.
We want to invite you to participate in this extraordinary event. The "Deutsches Musikfest" itself is worth a visit. They expect about 15.000 visitors, a lot of concerts and contests all over the great diversity of wind music. Furthermore the Entertainment Contest as a collaboration of BDMV and DBBV promises to be a unique opportunity to meet as the German and international Brass Band Scene. Currently we search for opportunities to increase attractivity of this event. For example a streaming of CUBrass (www.cubrass.nl) is in discussion.
If you want to participate, please register until 31.12 at www.deutsches-musikfest.de/anmeldung/. In case of further queries, don't hesitate to contact me via E-Mail: Alexander.Richter@dbbv.org .
Alexander Richter - Vicepresident of the German Brass Band Association ... See MoreSee Less