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Orchestrating Piano Music

One great practice for both learning orchestration and learning composition (they are connected you know) is taking an existing piece of music for piano and experimenting with orchestration.   For a little fun, I took an original piano composition by my friend Rob Kovacs and did an orchestration.I am posting on here so you can…

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How do I proceed to learn Orchestration

The only way you are really going to learn orchestration is by a combination or “stacking” learning approaches. You will need: 1. Work with real musicians: Knock on practice room doors, and throw an excerpt on a players stand. You know all those ads you see around music school about “violin teacher available” (fill in the instrument…

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OverTone Series

Transposing Vs. Concert Pitch Scores

Transposing scores is the most logically consistent in my opinion. One big advantage is you can see the tessitura in a much clearer way, and in my experience glean a little more insight into the mind of the players. However, as others have often stated, concert pitch (C scores) are simpler to read. The reality is…

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Shostakovich – 101

  As someone who loves most (not all) of the of the music of Shostakovich (I am fan of most Russian composers) I can offer a few points for an introduction. 1. One of the sad historical “What would have been” facts is that his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District put him in deep…

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What is “Bad Orchestration”

In the Preface to RK, he says there are 3 kinds of orchestration: – that which sounds OK at first try – that which sounds OK after much rehearsal – that which never works If you want to attain the FIRST category – a VERY good goal for a beginner – write things which “just…

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String Orchestration Tutorial – Preview Sample

Douglas Gibson, Composer & Composition Lessons in New York City

House of the Heavenly Dragon

New String Orchestration Course

Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind Of Traitor

I was thrilled to work on this film as orchestrator

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Lorca/Presser Grant Commission

2016 will kick off for me in Baltimore. I will have a new work for Soprano, Flute, and Harp be premiered at the 2016 New Music Gathering held at the Peabody Conservatory. I was honored to be commissioned by harpist Jasmine Hogan as part of the 2015 presser award. I first had a work of…

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