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StuartEstell

Theme From Grandstand

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This may only make sense to Brits :) --- it's the theme tune for Saturday afternoon sport on the BBC in the 1970s and 80s. I've often said that if I wrote a single tune as good as this I'd die happy, and I say that completely without sarcasm.

 

It's played in D on a C-core Jeffries duet. The chord structure to this tune is really lovely but a pig to play on the Jeffries! Sadly there's no way of reproducing the timpani glissando in the first section...

 

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All I can say is Bravo! This is the sort of sound that would make anyone with a musical bent give a thought to learning the concertina.

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Magnificent! And thanks for the shot of nostalgia, you transported me back several decades to happy Saturday afternoons watching sport with my Grandad :)

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Thanks for your lovely responses folks -- I'm hoping to extend the arrangement once it's bedded in a bit, by adding some more details like the woodwind trills etc if physically feasible.

 

Blankety-Blank next...

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Blankety-Blank next...

:lol: Maybe we can send in requests for old TV theme tunes?

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Very nice work Stuart! It's so nice to know there are other Jeffries duet players around - particular ones who are (or appear to be) under 50!

 

Please get in touch if you're ever down our way.

 

Gavin

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I much prefer the original Grandstand theme, "News Scoop" composed by Herbert Leonard Stevens and used between 1958 and 1971.

 

But then I'm probably showing my age!

 

Must find the dots and give it a go....

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Oh Wow! That is spectacular ... it's inspired me to have a go at it on my G/C extended Jeffries anglo (probably converted from a duet) ... all the notes and chords are there ... but playing them - that's goingt to take a little longer!

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Brilliant Stuart ! On my to do list for my own Jeffries duet !

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Haha ... that's the best workout I've had on anglo in ages ... not quite there yet ... but coming along! Love it

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Thanks folks --

 

Gavin -- yes, definitely south of 50 at the moment!

 

John -- I confess I was lazy with the articulation of the repeated semiquavers on D taken by the xylophone in the original and used bellows rather than fingers... Some of the chord changes are hilariously counter-intuitive on Jeff duet but you're a brave man to attempt that lovely not-quite-circle-of-5th modulation passage on a C/G!

 

Now, I must keep that Blankety-Blank pledge...

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Although I have now been distracted into "Hoots Mon" by Jack Good / Lord Rockingham's XI and its crazy semitone shifts. Gavin, you're absolutely right about Jeff duets and nostalgia ;)

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