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Orchestrating for beginner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Nov 16, 2019. 12 Replies

Hello fellow composers,one problem has struck me hard the last couple of month. I've started to put emphasis on realistically orchestrating my music for actual musicians and have started to read…Continue

Tags: help, orchestrating

Reiterfantasie for Piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Walker Apr 14, 2019. 2 Replies

I composed this piece a while back, but was quite disappointed by the result at first. I felt that this might seem like a copy of Schubert's Erlkönig. I like the general mood tho. Liked it a lot. So…Continue

The Universe

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Walker Nov 30, 2018. 2 Replies

A few months back when I was less experienced than right now I started to write this piece for piano. I've purified it a bit and decided to upload it to YouTube. I would be really interested on what…Continue

Tags: dramatic, piano

New Film Music Track - What do you guys think?

Started Oct 22, 2018 0 Replies

First of all. It's nice to be part of this community, I just created my account, I hope it's going tpo help me out a lot. Introducing myself: I'm Paul a.k.a. TheCluelessComposer. I just thought I'd…Continue

Tags: orchestral, music, film

 

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Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Another way is to get involved with a local orchestra. Nice if you can play an instrument but there's usually plenty of admin to do. You'd be surprised how much you learn about that - ordering scores and parts, getting licenses fixed,…"
Nov 16, 2019
michael diemer replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Another point: not everyone likes to study scores. Fortunately there is another way to gain insight into an instrument's range and sound: If you have a keyboard before you, either a piano or electronic one, you can use it to get a picture of…"
Nov 14, 2019
michael diemer replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Has anyone mentioned just listening to a whole bunch of classical music? My method was to have the radio on at all times, so I was continually soaking in the sounds. Doing that and consulting good orchestration books, with a bit of score reading, is…"
Nov 14, 2019
Jerry Engelbach replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"The best book on the capabilities of instruments is probably Orchestration, by Cecil Forsyth. This is a well-known "bible" of the playing characteristics of each instrument. Cheers,Jer"
Nov 13, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"The way to go seems to be studying scores and learning by doing. I will definitely do both things. Also thank you for the very detailed answer, there were some things in there I didn't know yet, since I come from a Piano background and only now…"
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"That is some very useful advise. I haven't tried doing this yet. Also being able to see the playing techniques is going to help me a lot with deciding on what I can do. I will do my research right now. I'm intrigued. Thanks a lot. Have a…"
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Thanks for the advice. I will make sure to study scores and maybe get some advice from musicians as well. With a group you mean like an orchestra or a band? It'd actually be cool to participate in such a thing."
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Thanks a lot for the nice advice. I have already ordered several study scores of Beethoven and Brahms. So I will focus on working through those while listening. Thanks again.  Have a nice day Paul"
Jul 9, 2019
Jon Corelis replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"There are a lot of web sites available, almost always for free, that discuss the playing of individual instruments.  One advantage of these over books is that they often include sound or audio files or videos, so you can hear what various…"
Jul 9, 2019
Stephen Lines replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Any good book on the subject of orchestration (paper or e-book) will give you the full playing compass of individual instruments but should also provide an indication of their 'normal' playing tessitura. On many wind instruments -…"
Jul 9, 2019
Bob Porter replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"My suggestion is forget one player playing chords for now. You've got more important things to worry about. Don't expect to start out with a major project. Maybe start with string orchestra. Then experiment adding other instruments. Just…"
Jul 9, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Study scores. Start with easy ones in the genre you like and get recordings of them. Follow the score line by line. Look up musical terms with which you aren't familiar and watch particularly for "articulation" signs/terms - i.e. the…"
Jul 8, 2019
Paul Walker posted a discussion

Orchestrating for beginner

Hello fellow composers,one problem has struck me hard the last couple of month. I've started to put emphasis on realistically orchestrating my music for actual musicians and have started to read books on the topic. I've started to gain knowledge on the ranges and tone colors of instruments, but I find it hard to make out what is playable for the musician. Basic facts such as: Is it possible to play chords? Can the instrument actually be this silent? Can the musician reach all of the notes at…See More
Jul 8, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Reiterfantasie for Piano
"Thanks for the reply, well the dynamics might actually be a bit, due to me working only with headphones. Sometimes the dynamicss get a bit odd, also since I never get to play the stuff myself. In my opinion it does sound okay with headphones at…"
Apr 14, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Reiterfantasie for Piano
"Not sure what to make of it. The opening to Erlkoenig did come to mind but Schubert progresses the harmony in bar 6 (of that piece). There, the likeness stops - plus, Schubert's hammered octaves are triplets. However, it didn't come over a…"
Apr 14, 2019
Paul Walker posted a discussion

Reiterfantasie for Piano

I composed this piece a while back, but was quite disappointed by the result at first. I felt that this might seem like a copy of Schubert's Erlkönig. I like the general mood tho. Liked it a lot. So I gave it a shot online by posting it two days ago. What do you think about it? Is it too close to Schubert? What would you change for future efforts on similar pieces?Here's the YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfp2v9pLfPMSee More
Apr 14, 2019

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Orchestra, Big Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Film music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Greifswald, Germany
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Hey, my name is Paul and I'm a young composer trying to make an impact. I'm pretty new to this business and I'd really like some advise on my compositions since improvement means everything to me.
A few lines about what I do. I compose classical music with a focus on Piano Solos and Film music. Throughout I've composed for both small and big ensembles, but I've fallen in love with the Symphony Orchestra.
I hope to get some good feedback on my music and that I'll discover a few new createors and fellow composers. I'd love giving my take on your guys' music.
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