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Most popular European own-choice pieces

26 Apr 2012

Including the choices due to be played at this year's (2012) European Championship, there are 10 test pieces that have been chosen as 'own choice' works on at least 10 occasions.  The most popular pieces are as follows:

15 - Contest Music (Heaton)
14 - Harmony Music (Sparke), Music of the Spheres (Sparke)
13 - Connotations (Gregson), Pageantry (Howells), Dances and Arias (Gregson)
12 - Blitz (Bourgeois), Revelation (Wilby)*
10 - Paganini Variations (Wilby), Montage (Graham)
 9 - Dove Descending (Wilby), John O'Gaunt (Vinter), The Land of the Long White Cloud (Sparke), The Year of the Dragon (Sparke), Variations on an Enigma (Sparke)
 8 - Concerto Grosso (Bourgeois), Journey Into Freedom (Ball), Spectrum (Vinter), Triumphant Rhapsody (Vinter)

selected others

 7 - Vienna Nights (Wilby)*
 6 - Masquerade (Wilby)*
 3 - From Ancient Times (Van der Roost)*
 2 - Audivi Media Nocte (Waespi)*, Old Licks Bluesed Up (Aagaard-Nilsen)*, Spiriti (Doss)*
 1 - 31342 feet (Neurohr)*, Within Blue Empires (Lovatt-Cooper)*

* being played this year

Some real classics of the repertoire feature in the all-time most popular list but the large majority of pieces selected by bands this year have been composed in the last 3 or 4 years.  Classics of the future perhaps?

Use the filter here to find other popular 'own choice' selections at the European.