5 Orchestral Textures Description and Sample

5 Orchestral Textures Description and Sample

As mentioned on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, here’s more detailed information about the “5 Orchestral Textures” perk from the “100 Orchestration Tips” book launch. What It Is “5 Orchestral Textures” is a perk especially offered for a donation level for my new book kickstarter on Indiegogo. It’s a five-part excerpt from another book planned for…
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Trombone Wars – The Tenor Clef (I – VI – VII)

Trombone Wars – The Tenor Clef (I – VI – VII)

Few topics on the Orchestration Online Facebook page have incited more controversy and strong feelings than the use of the tenor clef for trombones. There’s a spectrum of history and craft that must be absorbed before one can honestly decide whether the tenor clef should be utilised or annihilated.

Woodwinds – Doubling Pros and Cons

Woodwinds – Doubling Pros and Cons

The question of doubling for winds comes up quite often for an orchestrator-in-progress. Strange to say, the simple act of putting two of the same type of wind instrument on the same note can have broad implications for the type sound you want in the orchestra. You should never do it arbitrarily, or by default.…
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Woodwinds – Keep a Tight Hold on That Auxiliary!

Woodwinds – Keep a Tight Hold on That Auxiliary!

Let’s say that you’re second oboist for a mid-sized orchestra. You play a lot of cor anglais parts as a result. On one new work, you’re piping away at some very good writing for second oboe – clean, well-supported, and easy to […]

Diary of an Orchestrator: Dealing With Client Feedback

Diary of an Orchestrator: Dealing With Client Feedback

Have a read over the following two paragraphs, and think about which one is easier to process emotionally and practically. “Dear Hubert! Thanks so much for the first draft of my “Sonnet for a Dying Sparrow.” I feel so lucky to be working with such a talented and gifted musician as yourself, bringing my ideas…
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RadioNZ: Ravel

RadioNZ: Ravel

Composer of the Week: Ravel http://on-demand.radionz.co.nz/appt/appt-20111013-1900-appointment_for_13_oct_-_les_apaches-064.mp3 Thomas Goss explores the influence on Ravel’s music and career of his social circle ‘Les Apaches’, relationships that were symbolically interpreted in his piano cycle ‘Miroirs’. © Copyright Radio New Zealand

RadioNZ: Prokofiev

RadioNZ: Prokofiev

Composer of the Week: Prokofiev http://on-demand.radionz.co.nz/cow/cow-20120422-0915-composer_of_the_week_-_sergei_prokofiev-064.mp3 In this Composer of the Week, Prokofiev’s Soviet Homecoming, Thomas Goss looks at perceptions of Prokofiev in Russia and the pressures and ideals that compelled him to return to Moscow from Paris in 1936. What he found was not necessarily what he expected. © Copyright Radio New Zealand

RadioNZ: Boulanger

RadioNZ: Boulanger

Composer of the Week: Lili Boulanger http://on-demand.radionz.co.nz/cow/cow-20120819-0900-composer_of_the_week_boulanger_for_19_august_2012-064.mp3 Thomas Goss looks at the tragically short life of Lili Boulanger, who died from Crohn’s disease at the age of 24. Despite the difficulties caused by her health, she was able to study as a composer and win the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1913. © Copyright Radio…
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