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    Question Dynamics and classical music

    Does every instrument or every instruments family should move simultaneously, together, in same or similar dynamics trought a track?

    Example violins rissing on dynamics, bowing faster makes sound go huge, bigger on volume as well, does that means best practice to compose such thing or produce is to have horns same d<ynamics, so when strings sound bigger louder, horns also go bigger and louder.

    I am not much into theory, some basic things I know, but now I am trying to give my orchestration some breathing space, and make it sound more real, for now all i get is downbeats that sound same, and its really hard to find anything about dynamics, about movement of an orchestra.

    I know staccato, etc. shorts should go on same accent or it would be mess if accent is contra percussion and contra other short instrument accents, but does this rule also applies on asked above.

    Hope someone have some time to elaborate this.

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    Hi Mil and thank you for your question.

    This is a very interesting question! Fact is: you can do whatever you like. Of course if you add the same "crescendo" to more sections, you are going to have a much lauder and "grandioso" crescendo, but you may want to experiment and play with increasing the volume and presence of only one section and see what result is giving you.

    With the new notational softwares out there, or computer sequencers, with a good orchestral sound library, you easily experiment and see what's the result you get.

    In other words, there isn't a "defined rule" on what you are asking. You can do whatever you like according to your taste and desired result
    Fabrizio Ferrari, supervisor
    Virtual Sheet Music

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