A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 22. Czardas

Martin Wilson’s trombone solo with Whitburn Band

For our 22nd Advent Calendar window, we have for your very eyes a vintage trombone solo. Taken from a 1982 edition of BBC Television’s Best of Brass, we see Martin Wilson performing in front of a live audience in The Assembly Rooms, Derby.

Back then, Martin Wilson was playing for Whitburn Band. In 1982, the Scottish band finished as Finalists in the aforementioned competition judged by Lieutenant Colonel Trevor L. Sharpe MVO OBE and Bernard Keeffe. For some viewers, live at home, in Derby, or committed to Memorex tape, his solo was a real highlight.

As a brass band piece, Czardas is a real joy to listen to; for the poor brass bander, it is a real lip frazzler. To play Czardas with flair really sorts out the men/women from the boys/girls. We are talking about quadruple tonguing here. Martin makes light work of this piece.

Czardas is an Hungarian style dance piece, which was written in 1904 by an Italian composer. Vittorio Monti, its composer, was born in Naples where he studied violin and composition at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella.

In our next Advent Calendar window, we shall return to the world of popular music. This time, a piece about soggy bakery products. All will be revealed tomorrow.

S.V., 22 December 2018.

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