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  1. Today's Composers
    It was my joy to do recently an orchestration of one of Beethoven's greatest string quartet Adagios - from op. 59,1 I hope it will move you as it moves me ... Gerd
  2. Orchestral Music
    Hi from Munich! Does anyone else use the Noteperformer plugin to create digital sound from a score? I couldn't find a matching thread so far. I'm quite happy with the result so far, but I'm sure that there are some small tricks I don't know yet - which would improve the generated sound. For...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Hubby and I like to try to identify the composer when we turn on the radio in the middle of a piece we don't recognize. In a high number of cases we can identify Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart/Haydn. The game is only "fair" if the passages we hear don't include identifiable tunes. And, of...
  4. Today's Composers
    I'd like to share with you my orchestration of what many consider the crown of all piano sonatas - Beethovens last piano sonata op. 111 which for me was both a huge challenge and joy ... http://www.gerdprengel.de/Beeth_op111_I_orch.mp3 http://www.gerdprengel.de/Beeth_op111_II_orch.mp3 Gerd
  5. Orchestral Music
    i am interested to know how great composers (mostly late romantic, impressionistic and beyond) composed music for orchestra. is there any good book out there, except reading numerous biographies? how they started to compose, if they used piano reduction first, speed of composing etc etc. i am...
  6. Orchestral Music
    I've found various sources online and in books that claim to match modes with different emotional effects, but I have yet to see a similar explanation of how different orchestration techniques fit different moods or create different effects (i.e., here's when you want octave doubling, here's...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    I've wished for a long time that I understood what makes certain types of music almost immediately recognizable as "that type." By "almost immediately," I mean within a few measures. For my own self I would include Bach, Beethoven, Mozart (or... if insure it's probably Haydn), Brahms...
  8. Orchestral Music
    Hi! I'm new here and was wondering whether anyone had ever heard/read an orchestration, in the public domain, of Chopin's Polonaise in C# minor. I'm working on a musical in mostly Romantic style, and although I'm composing the other songs and the incidental music myself, this particular piece...
  9. Today's Composers
    Orchestration of Debussy's "Voiles" Prelude for piano (2nd Prelude from Book I) Here's an orchestration I did last week of Debussy's "Voiles" Prelude from Book I: Sheet music can be found here...
  10. Music Theory
    Music theory typically has more of a focus on harmony, but there are subtle harmonics that go into making the different timbres of instruments, so it must underly orchestration to some extent. Janacek is one of my favorite orchestrators. I love the clarity of his sound, particularly with the...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi guys, I'd like to receive suggestions for music that is likely to evoke my childhood memories. All of a sudden, I have been feeling nostalgic (and regret as well) over my lost childhood and I think music will make this nostalgia even sweeter and pleasurable. Please suggest me works that are...
  12. Today's Composers
    I make short : comments ?
  13. Orchestral Music
    This week I decided to pull out the Brilliant 25 CD set of the master orchestrator, Rimsky Korsakov. I'm listening to his first symphony and you already know that the seeds have been planted to the orchestral color that he is famous for. The orchestra is the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by...
  14. The Movie Corner: Music for Cinema and TV
    What are some of the very first fully orchestrated film scores? I'd be very interested to see a historical perspective of the evolving and diverging styles of film composition and orchestration in the 20th century. My knowledge is lacking here.
  15. Today's Composers
    Could you please recommend me a book from which I can learn something more advanced about orchestration? I'm grown on Rimsky-Korsakov/Strauss' one, although I've heard the great books are by Piston and Adler? Also some more cinematic would be appreciated! Thanks
  16. Orchestral Music
    Does anybody know a site onlie where I can buy the score to Henry Woods orchestration of Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky? Help would me much appreciated!
  17. Today's Composers
    Well, I've been composing for years for piano, but started orchestrating only maybe a bit more than a year ago. So here I tried a crazy tutti for my one short piano piece. Hope you like it! :) *wait a minute, I try to put it here...
  18. Blog
    Note: The previous entry in this blog was an April Fool's Day joke. Understanding Mahler's Fifth Symphony Part 1: Background and Overview Composition Mahler had fully settled into his life as head of the Vienna State Opera when he began work on a new symphony, his fifth, with which he...
  19. Blog
    Understanding Mahler's Second Symphony Part 1: Background and Overview Composition Mahler's first symphony was not yet finished, much less performed, when the composer began work on a Symphonic Poem, a sonata form movement named Totenfeier (funeral rites) in 1888. Several years later, after...
  20. Blog
    Understanding Mahler Part 5: Mahler's Orchestra Size and Character The score of Mahler's 8th Symphony in E-flat major calls for the following: 4 flutes, 2 piccolos, 4 oboes, english horn, E-flat clarinet, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 4 bassoons, contrabassoon, 8 horns, 4 trumpets, 4...
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