Last week I received my Orchestration feedback which included the exam, I obtained a merit. The orchestration of the Mendelssohn piece, 'Song Without Words (Book 4)' was my best result probably because I adhered to the dynamics and ornaments on the original score. The Mendelssohn piece was a complete work and I think this helped me to orchestrate it in a more personal and creative way. It was also the final work I chose to orchestrate and this was an advantage because I had had experience of orchestrating the ot
Last week I edited and completed my programme notes and pieces for orchestration. All I need to do now to pop it into the dropbox. I enjoyed orchestration because I learnt how to orchestrate within the Sibelius programme for certain orchestral instruments. I also learnt how to score for a drum kit, which was completely new information to me. I still have to sit an orchestration test and I shall be studying hard for this as it is coming up on the 7th of May!
Last week I revealed my orchestration of Mendelssohn's Song without Words no.4 in F Major to Ross. Thankfully he liked it. He actually suggested it be played live! I'd have to hire two Pan-pipers, a zither player, a bass guitarist, a harmonica player and I could do the piano part.
We also looked at the problems I am having with Bach's Fantasia. So today it is my priority task to sort bar 4 of this and progress further, I hope.
I have nearly completed my work on Romance Espagnole by Fernando Sor and I am now looking at putting in expression marks and putting a little more shape into the piece. I am orchestrating this piece for a string quintet, different from the original which is for solo instrument. I need to remember the range of each instrument and to keep close to the original melody but develop the shape of the piece with my orchestration. I was familiar with the melody of Romance Espangnole before orchestrating the piece and this has helped me to orchestrate it.
I have been listening to lectures on youtube about orchestration by a composer/arranger called Thomas Goss. Some of it is very general information but I have got up to no. 4 and it is getting a bit more detailed and relevant for the work I am doing.
I am at the planning stage for the Orchestration assignment. I have decided to start with Romance Espagnol by Sor. This will I hope I can arrange for a string quintet. Then the Fantasia by Bach over to bassoon, cor-anglais, flute & oboe. The original is being played on the organ which has a bigger range of sound. Lastly Song without Words bk.4 no.4 will be for rhythm section and clarinet with another instrument , to be decided.
This week we were given the set works for Orchestration.
Romance Espagnole attributed to Fernando Sor (1778-1839) Pictured left.
Songs Without words Book 4 No.4 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Praeludium et Fuga XII or Prelude and Fuge BMV 542 by J S Bach. Of which we are to arrange the first 14 bars only.
I have been able to source and listen to examples of each of these today. Now I have to decide which to tackle first and for how many instruments.
Up until now we have been working on Lake Island by E J Moran. This is our practice piece before we are given the set works in the new year. It has been good to have this opportunity to experiment. I have found some things very difficult such as key and time changes and what this does to the score in Sibelius. I will have to remember that putting these changes in first, or as soon as they occur in the original composition, will help