Re: Building Music Library from Scratch
Posted by Me Again on 10/20/2020, 11:29 am, in reply to "Re: Building Music Library from Scratch"
Thanks for the clarification. |
What I would suggest you do is look into pieces that fill multiple roles. While it's not common to do only one movement of (for example) Arnold's English Dances (either set) it scales from a Grade 2 to a Grade 5 depending upon how much of the piece you perform. Find as many of those multi-movement pieces as you can and build out from there.
Also, keep in mind the Grade 5 list is so incredibly extensive that you'll never perform all of it - there are 343 entries, and I guarantee you there are about three or four dozen that never see performances. The GIA series "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" has a lot of great guides as to which pieces they consider significant, and it's got a good writeup on each piece, too.
One more thing to consider is instrumentation. Listen to a TON of recordings. You WILL have a year where your clarinets can't play their way out of a paper bag. You WILL have a year where your entire euphonium section is ineligible, breaks their arm, or otherwise can't participate in UIL. What do you have for a piece in a year where things aren't optimal? Seek out and find pieces for a weak flute, trumpet, etc, section. That way you won't have to scramble to find a piece - you'll have one in mind already.
Lastly - and this is a bit strange. Be careful what you buy. There are composers who self-publish who charge several hundred dollars for a single piece, and $75 for a score. If you're not planning on performing that piece in the next couple years, don't shell out the cash for it.
Start with warhorses and pieces for instrumentation issues.