• Familiarisation with the contemporary orchestration techniques and the symphonic orchestra forces
• Ability to orchestrate musical sketches and extend ideas into large-scale orchestrations
• Deeper understanding of voicing and be able to orchestrate piano pieces
• Familiarisation with the extensive contemporary instrumental techniques and ways of notation
Course Content (Syllabus)
This module aims to provide students with the skills required to transform a composer’s musical idea into a large-scale orchestration. Dynamic balance of all musical elements will be explored through the use of voicing, range and density, informed by a thorough familiarisation of the four orchestral groups and a synthesis of contemporary orchestration and instrumental techniques.
Additional bibliography for study
Adler, Samuel. The Study Of Orchestration. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.
Blatter, Alfred. Instrumentation And Orchestration. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.
Read, Gardner. Compendium Of Modern Instrumental Techniques. Westport, Conn.:
Greenwood Press, 1993.
Stone, Kurt. Music Notation In The Twentieth Century. New York: W.W. Norton, 1980.