My first "serious" attempt at a full blown, properly notated and orchestrated composition.
The piece is satire in nature, and it's meant to reflect how most of the corporate working class are frustrated in their own little corporate world of work, and to an outsider of this environment looking in, it is kind of funny to watch people bustle about and seem so frustrated, yet when they step out the door into their home lives, none of this matters.
Of course, you can interpret it however you like, as the most common comparison I'm getting is "Tom and Jerry" (Sigh)
I call for help now from the experienced folk here that have knowledge in orchestration since I am new to this in my studies.
For now, I have the orchestral mock up exactly how I want the final product to sound - but the score you will see remains incomplete, and only in 4 voices - it will give you the general sense of what is going on, as the whole piece is based off four voices. Which is where I need help, developing the full score
Before I move on to develop the full score for each part, I wanted to see if I am heading on the right path.
Let me explain my ideas with bare bones score and how I'm going to bring it to full scale:
(and keep in mind each part is slightly modified off the score you will see vs the mock up, for example octave registers, string techniques, articulations of instruments, etc)
Staff 1- Woodwinds high register- Voice is assigned to Flutes/Piccolo, Oboes, Bflat Clarinets
Staff2- Strings- Voice is assigned to Violins 1&2,Violas,Cello,and Double bass
Staff3- Woodwinds low register- Voice is assigned to Bassoons, Contrabassoon, and Eflat alto clarinets
Staff4- Lower register brass- Voice is assigned to Tubas, Trombones
The work does not call for Trumpets or French Horns
The current notation does not show the Cymbal part, but there is a cymbal part and Timpani part that only will use one player. Nor does the current notation show dynamics or most articulations, as obviously there's no sense putting those in until I have the full score figured out- I have implied what they will be via the mock up you hear here.
-Is it OK to have a full orchestral piece pretty much working off of only 4 voices?
-I question if the 16th notes at the very end are impossible for a strings/woodwind section to perform accurately
-What is the typical writing process for an orchestral work? Do you figure out the voices first, then begin assigning them to the appropriate instruments? More simply put, do you figure out the notes first COMPLETELY then assign/orchestrate completely?
-Are there any glaring, laughable errors?
You can see I am early in my orchestration studies, so any other thoughts or blatant mistakes I've made this far along in the process, please let me know.