Teaching and resources for English and Music

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Mediant Studies

In order to arranging a piano piece for orchestra you need to be familiar with standard orchestral instruments, instrumental performance techniques, the ranges of different instruments, the clefs in which their music is written, and transposing instruments.  These topics are covered in Instruments of the Orchestra and Reading Music for Voices and Instruments in the Grade 5 (Intermediate) course.  More advanced Instrumental Performance Techniques are set out in the Scoring section of the Advanced Theory Module of the LMusTCL course.  These are not covered in the Modern Orchestration section.  It is then important that students who have not gained such skills and knowledge cover these sections before beginning Modern Orchestration.

The topics covered are:

A. Developments in the Nineteenth Century
B. Ranges of new instruments
C. Timbre
D. Grouping instruments for effect
E. Arranging a piano piece for orchestra
F. Making orchestrations more effective

Special attention is given to writing in the style of different composers and periods, and to finding ways to improve sample orchestrations. 

There are nine specimen exam questions, Each makes suggestions as to how to complete the arrangement most effectively, but leaves you to make your own decisions.  The originals are given, so you can see what the composer actually wrote, and learn to imitate his style.

As with all LMusTCL materials, there is a choice of two options:

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