1. Harmonie St. Michael van Thorn 97,92
2. Lillestrom Musikkorps 95,92
3. Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Rotem 95,50
4. Blasorchester Siebnen 95,33
5. The Danish Concert Band 94,00
6. Birmingham Symphonic Winds 89,75
7. Uppsala Blasarsymfoniker 88,33
8. Orchestre d’Harmonie de l’électricite de strasbourg 87,38
9. Union Musical Villamayorense 86,08
Best soloist performance was won by the Solo Clarinet of KH Sint-Cecilia Rotem (BE).
Best sectional performance was won by the Trombones of The Danish Concert Band (DK).
Best performance of the test piece was won by Harmonie St. Michael van Thorn (NL).
MUTATIONS by Bart Picqueur
Bart Picqueur wrote the piece at the request of Louis Martinus who wanted an original work for a new CD by the Royal Band of the Belgian guides. The inspiration for the work was drawn from two beautiful pieces of wind band music, The Danse Funambulesque by Jules Strens and Dionysiaque by Florent Schmitt. The result is an accessible contemporary work for concert band. It’s a pragmatic work based on a consistent 4-notes motif, which –as the title suggests– evolves trough the piece. The entire piece forms a diptych, a mysterious lento including a flute solo and a virtuoso dance with a certain groove. The clarinet binds the two parts, in a cadenza in which it shows it’s whole musical range.
Bart Picqueur dedicated the work to his colleagues Louis Martinus and Hardy Mertens because he admires the way in which they continually strive not to give in to the commercial flow. He’s thoroughly convinced that their determination will triumph in the end. Therefore he gave Mutations the ﬁtting subtitle ‘The survival of the ﬁttest’, based on Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.
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