Orchestration & Arranging


Assisi Flyer vertical 9-20-17Orch.Syl. 17

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Due August 24, Thursday

  1.  Define, explain and be able to notate
    • natural harmonics
    • artificial harmonics
  2. Locate 3 pieces for exclusively string orchestra, take brief notes on the works as it relates to orchestration (spacing, doublings, melody, foreground, middle ground, background, other comments related to arranging).  Be able to easily inform the instructor how to locate the piece on the internet so that it can be played in class.
  3. Download the string transcription pdf sent via email to each student.  You may use Finale for this assignment; this is a change in directions from what was announced in class.
    • Transcribe the  Brahms, Hindemith and Bartók making sure that each transcription uses the correct clef as required by range and appropriate octave (you may change the octave of the example)
    • Transcribe the Brahms for double bass  and cello (use two staves)
    • Transcribe the Hindemith for  Violin I and II
    • Transcribe the Bartók for the entire string orchestra in various octave doublings

Due August 29, Tuesday

  1. Present 3 pieces from the last assignment (No. 2 above)
  2. Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5- focus on Chapter 5
  3. Locate the email from me with the pdf “Simple Gifts”
  4. Score “Simple Gifts” for string orchestra
    1. Use concepts in Chapter 5
    2. Use concepts presented in class (unison scoring, octave scoring, scoring and omitting parts such as alto or tenor, changing accompaniment rhythm, be conscious of style and be consistent, observe instrument strong ranges and colors.  Keep scoring primarily “on the stave.”  Avoid too much D.B.
    3. Use paper or Finale.  As of Friday afternoon, Finale is now operating on Computers 1 and 6 in the lab. As I fix the Finale installations I will update this post.
    4. Set up the scoring as a theme and variation, theme + 2 variations.

Due August 31, Thursday

  1. If Simple Gifts is not finished and uploaded to Dropbox, please submit ASAP.
  2. Review the emailed pdf “Gambarini.”  Do not follow the directions on the pdf.
  3. “Gambarini” directions:
    • Print out the pdf-enlarge it.
    • Write onto the score how you would arrange it for string orchestra.  Indicate where instrument groups begin and end, any octave doublings, any commissions, in techniques such as pizz.  Use brackets to mark clearly where instruments begin and end.  Carefully consider texture and style, phrases and subphrases and motives.  Evaluate the key and the register for each section.
    • Upload your pdf to the “Gambarini” Dropbox folder.
    • Write your name on you work include it in the file name.

Due September 5, Tuesday

  1. Score the Gambarini for String Orchestra, Use Finale, Upload to Dropbox.
  2. Purchase the textbook and workbook.
  3. Listen to Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, especially movement 3 and Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 – after listening to the entire work, go back and listen again and evaluate what material is being scored as foreground, middleground and background.
  4. Bring text and workbook to class. (Books are in the bookstore as of 8/31/17.)

Due September 7, Thursday

  1. Read in the textbook all material on the Harp (4th Edition,p. 95).  Pay attention to pedal structure, tuning, enharmonics, notation systems, limitations, how the pedals work.
  2. Read an article on the internet about how the harp works to get a second view of the instrument.
  3. Complete pp. 35-6 in the workbook, this is the only Workbook assignment on the Harp. Do not submit.

Due September 12, Tuesday

  1. Complete your assigned scoring for string orchestra and harp.  Listen to the musical example again that are in the text.  Use these as your guide to scoring for the harp.  Include pedal diagrams and pedal changes.  (Dan you are assigned the Schubert,  Natalie you are assigned the Ravel)
  2. Submit your work to Dropbox/Harp and String Orchestra.
  3. We will listen to these the following week.

Due September 14, Thursday

  1. Read Chapter 6
  2. Complete Test Yourself II, save to go over in class on Sept. 19.

Due September 19, Tuesday

  1. Complete the Woodwind Transposition Worksheet in the Workbook.

Due September 21, Thursday

  1. Worksheet 8-Write into the workbook in pencil the fundamental scoring you would use to arrange the work for woodwinds in pairs.

Due September 26, Tuesday

  1. Score the Haydn, Menuetto al Rovescio and Trio, mm 1-44 for Woodwinds in pairs. Use Finale.  Enter articulations and dynamics.  Work out different groupings and color of instruments.  Note the 2/4/8 bar phrase structure.  Submit to the Haydn Folder in Dropbox/Orchestration.  We will review these in class on Tuesday.

Due September 28, Thursday

  1. Score Workbook  Worksheet 9 for Thursday.   Spend 1.5 hrs scoring.  Final work due Tuesday.  You may score for winds  plus strings or winds alone.  You are encouraged to add winds to the wind section as needed.
    • Dvorak- Brianna
    • Schumann – Natalie ( 2 pages only)
    • Einem – Alex
    • Martinu – Connor
    • Schubert – Christain
    • Your – choice – Dan
  2. Edit your harp arrangement per class discussion, Save as REVISED.
  3. Go back to the Haydn arrangement and work withLinked Parts.  Look this up in Finale and learn all about the relationship of the score to Linked Parts.  Know how to edit a part.  Know how to fix the layout of a page  in linked parts.  Know how to put the instrument name on a part.  Also learn how to insert rehearsal letters into a score.  Learn how to use multi measure rests.
  4. You are now responsible for Chapter 1-8  by Tuesday.



  1. Complete WW Test Yourself in the Workbook Due October 10 Tuesday
  2. Select your piano work that you will transcribe for WW and Strings for your midterm exam.  No more that 2 min. in length max.  Score for full strings  plus 2 Flutes, 2 Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet.  Show me a photocopy of the piano work you will score.  Details to follow next week.s  Schedule time to score your work next week.  Conductor score and printed parts and copies of parts per the number of desks will be required. Your grade will be include evaluation of the notation (title, parts with instrument names, measure numbers, rehearsal letters, dynamics, articulations, music spacing, no extra measures and correct use of all music terms and techniques). Conductor Score Due to Dropbox as a pdf and as a Finale.musx by October 16 midnight.  Conductor scores will be emailed by me to Manami White on TUESDAY morning.  Students will bring copies of all parts and 2 Conductor scores to the reading WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18.  Arrive AT 5:00.  Attendance required.  Bring to class all copies of parts and two conductor scores (keep one, turn in one).  Be sure to read through each part independently and check that it makes musical sense.
  3. Print the following part copies:

    4 vln 1
    5 vln 2
    3 vla
    3 cello

             2 bass

    and 1 copy for each WW player.

  4.  Complete Worksheet 22- Do your assigned selection.  [Dan do  the  Mozart.] Now due Oct. 17 to Dropbox

Also Due Tuesday October 17-Workbook Brass Quiz.

Due Tuesday October 24:  1.  Create a box diagram like was presented at the end of class that generally illustrates the upper and lower working ranges for Brass and Woodwinds. Use three different colors.  One for all brass except the Horns in F, one for Horns in F and one for all Woodwinds.  The chart should be neat and accurate. Bring to class to share.2.   Score Mm. 1-3 of the Hindemith in Workbook No. 13.. 3.  Complete Listen and Score 20.  Listen to a recording and then score for Brass as assigned in the workbook.  Place both scoring into Dropbox.



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