Orchestration Today 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
Wk. Title: 1. Introduction 2. Basic techniques and principles in writing for strings 3. Introduction to woodwind instruments 4. Introduction to brass instruments 5. Identifying melodic lines & Orchestrating piano scores 6. -- 7. Introduction to Percussion I 8. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 9. Auxiliary woodwind & Low Brass 10. Scoring a crescendo & Antiphonal effects 11. Introduction to Percussion II 12. Contemporary trends
Threshold (D) Work which shows an elementary understanding of scoring for orchestra, making use of correct and appropriate string bowings, correct divisions of string instruments and splittings of woodwind and brass, and a practical knowledge of transposing the appropriate woodwind and brass instruments.
Good (B) Work which shows a more detailed knowledge of scoring for orchestra, not only making use of the appropriate bowings, correct divisions of string instruments and splittings of woodwind and brass, but shows some imagination and artistic creativity in the use of the instruments.
Excellent (A) Work which shows detailed knowledge of scoring for orchestra, making full use of technical terms and symbols, and shows originality in the use of blendings of instrumental timbre.
- Analyse the function of the instruments (in their sections and within the orchestra) and apply this throughout the orchestration.
- Demonstrate a high level of creativity, resourcefulness and imagination whilst orchestrating, appropriate to the ensemble.
- Demonstrate the ability to write idiomatically for a wide range of orchestral instruments.
- Produce a scoring appropriate to the ensemble in line with current convention.
Coursework 1 - orchestrating an extract of music for a group of instruments
Coursework 2 - orchestrating an extract of music for small orchestra
Main Assignment - orchestrating a substantial piece of music for full orchestra