Orchestration & Arranging

Required Final Exam Project. See assignment details below.

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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.


Due October 26 and October 31.  Score for 4 F Horns, 3 Bb Tpts, 2 Tenor Trbs, 1 Bass Trb, 1 Tuba, 2 Percussion players ( 1 on 2 Timpani Tuned to D and Ab, 1 Bass Drum or 1 high Percussion instrument of your choice.  Score your part of the Halloween story established in class as background scary/spooky music . 20′ to 40′ each section.  Use score manager to assemble into a whole.  Share your motives with each other.  Due Oct 26- full score setup with approximate number of measure  and 4- 8 bars of music drafted and using the text tool text notes for all events/actions/ideas that will happen in the music in your section. Present to the class.

Beat patterns, Primary:   Quarter-Eighth as part of a triplet pattern, not fast.  Secondary:   half note -two quarter notes repeat- with grouping felt as two quarters to half note on the down beat.

Meter- sections may change meter but motives must remain the same.

Tempo -slow

Key:  Advised to go with D natural minor ( 1 flat), D Dorian( 0 flats), D Phrygian (2 flats) and possibly D natural minor with a #4 (G#) in place of G natural.

Scenes and music arranging concepts

1 Christopher Abandoned house-suspense/anticipation initial atmosphere  Open 5ths, 4ths, parallel, even parallel 2nds and 7ths.  Open spacing greater that P8, try P15.  Consider parts of scales that then suddenly stop and are not competed-i.e. followed by a rest.

2. Natalie Walking Beat clearly heart, Time. Heartbeat and Footsteps, could be one pitch  Open door sound–steely glass up?

3.  Alex Stroller!! Blood!  Scream?  Toy piano as Percussion Player number 2-simple short child melody repeated and setup to be a question phrase?   Detuned timpani could be used, but player must have two bars of rests to detune instrument and then 2 bars of rests to retune.

4.  Connor Woods “Atmosphere-Misty Dark, slightly changing. Trip/fall- predictable rhythms, then irregular rhythms, Trb, TT glass trading off downward and overlapping into tuba hit?

5. Christian After falling, see carriage in woods rolling faster and faster down the hill toward you, scream-High C?, glass Tpt. up?

6.  Brianna Acceleration/ diminution of rhythmic patterns and harmonic content, beats into rolls, notes into trills?, fury into silence.

All:  Upload/store all scores in the most recent version in Dropbox/Halloween.  There should only be one version in the folder, the most recent version.  Name the score file very clearly.  “Halloween, Part No. Version No. Name.musx”  .  It is required that you have your score into the correct format by Saturday so that Alex can do test merging of the score.  Require that the class meet for about 1 hr on Monday evening in the lab.  Alex will make the final score merge.  The class is to listen to the merged work and make any final adjustments to the score.  We will review the entire project on Halloween in class.

Due, Nov.  5, 7, 9  and 13

  1. Due Nov. 5 Read Chapter 11. Apply concepts to Worksheet 15.
  2. Due Nov. 13 [Revised] Worksheet 15.  Use the definition (examples) of large orchestral brass section and large woodwind section as explained in the textbook.  Score in Finale.  Scores not fully marked with articulations and dynamics will be marked down one grade.  Scores that fail to account for the sustaining of harmonies will be marked down.  Scores that fail to reasonably divide up the arpeggios will be marked down.  Upload to Dropbox/Chopin. Score through the middle of the bottom stave on the first page in the workbook, i.e score through the first 4 bar phase that has the eighth note accompaniment.
  3. Nov. 7 and 9  Read ch. 12.  Complete p. 113-115 NOs. 1-10.

Due No later than Nov 13, Monday Noon-  Submit via email a scanned copy of a short work that you will arrange for the XU Symphonic Winds Nov. 20th reading session.  The sooner you submit it the better.  Your scoring to include rehearsal marks, measure numbers, all dynamics, tempos, and articulations.  If these elements are missing then the grade will be lowered.  The arrangement should demonstrate full control over the ensemble instrument categories (WW, Brass, Percussion), although you are not required to write for every instrument you do need to score significant music for each section.  The Nov 20th reading session will be in place of class on Thursday Nov. 16.  There is no class meeting on Nov. 16. 

The November 20 session will go 3:10-4pm. 8 minutes for each student, plus a bit of padding. Hand out music right at 3pm.  The band will do a warmup and tuning.  The entire session will be supervised by Dr. Chamberlain. The first reading downbeat will be at exactly 3:10 PM.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble Instrumentation ( 1 part per player recommended):
1 picc
5 flute (2 parts recommended)
1 oboe
1 bassoon
4 Bb clarinets (3 parts recommended)
1 bass clarinet
1 Bb soprano sax
1 alto sax
1 tenor sax
2 French horns (1-2 parts recommended)
5 trumpets (3-5 parts recommended)
4 trombones (3 parts recommended)
1 euphonium
1 tuba
3 percussion
Due November 28:  Worksheet 16. Mm. 1-24. Complete in one of three ways,
  • Using Finale (do not select instruments, just use  Percussion stave, then change the name.  It is not necessary to map instruments to the staff lines, although if you want to look it up and try it you may-allow 1 extra hour to accomplish that.
  • Using Logic-here the trick is to find the right instruments per track
  • Pencil and paper.

Due November 30:  Worksheet 17, all.  Complete using Finale.  Submit to Dropbox.

Final Project due at the Final Exam.  Score for full orchestra ( 2 minutes ) a work of your choice. Submit a .musx file for the conductor score, a pdf of the conductor score and pdfs of each part into a folder with your name on it within Dropbox/Final Project.  Apply the checklist in Dropbox, this will be part of the evaluation. 



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