Maggie Bigelow replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Male choral orchestration tips?
"Thank you so much August. This was more than enough information and if/when I ever write for a male choir I will return to your post for your helpful insight. Thanks again.
August Champlin said:
Hi Maggie,
 
In general, TTBB arrangements follow…"
Nov 12, 2013
August Champlin replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Male choral orchestration tips?
"Hi Maggie,
 
In general, TTBB arrangements follow different principles than SATB arrangements, in terms of vocal range and the placement of the melody, as I explain below.
For the sake of comparison with TTBB ranges, it is useful to review the…"
Nov 11, 2013
Roger Garcia replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion The Elfman Sound
"You can actually learn a lot about his technique and preferences by watching any movie he has scored and has made a commentary on. He is very transparent, humble and straightforward, even to the point of mentioning how other film composers have…"
Oct 29, 2013
Maggie Bigelow replied to Johan Halmén's discussion Composing by improvising
"For me this is a common occurrence. Especially when I'm writing for a project that has a deadline. I'll be recording my improve (while I'm looking a scene typically). Then go back and delete what doesn't work and then consider what does. This…"
Apr 22, 2013
Johan Halmén replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion The Elfman Sound
"I haven't analysed the tonality in Nightmare Before Christmas more than that, but I only noticed later that the Cm - Abm relation is kind of the opposite to Cm - Em. Two minor chords on a major 3rd distance. And the tonal centre could be either one.…"
Apr 20, 2013
Maggie Bigelow replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion The Elfman Sound
"Thanks! This is really interesting and insightful and exactly what I'm looking for."
Apr 17, 2013
Johan Halmén replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion The Elfman Sound
"We did Nightmare Before Christmas on stage last autumn. I listened to the original movie soundtrack a bit. The orchestration was transcribed to a choir and a small band with only keyboards, drums and bass. Learning all parts was very challenging,…"
Apr 17, 2013
Terry Jones replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion The Elfman Sound
"This is not something you can get just for free, but if you can afford it it's probably well worth the money for study purposes alone (although you need to either live in the USA or know someone there who can order it for…"
Apr 12, 2013
Maggie Bigelow replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Tips for writing better string parts
"K, no idea why my files were cut short. But you can look at my website or soundcloud. My website has some older stuff on it.
MaggieBigelowMusic.com
https://soundcloud.com/maggiebigelowmusic"
Mar 24, 2013
Maggie Bigelow replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Tips for writing better string parts
"Thanks All. Some really great ideas. I'm going to find some more scores to study. And thanks David, IMSLP is kind of a new find for me and I'll be using that as a resource for sure.
I do love my film scores though and I wish I could study those…"
Mar 24, 2013
David Stowell replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Tips for writing better string parts
"Have a look also at Richard Strauss's string writing (some of his scores should be readily available on IMSLP).
For example, in Also Sprach Zarathustra (e.g. from about bar 35 to 69) Strauss just keeps on divisi-ing the strings to almost 20 separate…"
Mar 22, 2013
Greg Brus replied to Maggie Bigelow's discussion Tips for writing better string parts
"Do you dig through scores? There's only so much you can notice in a recording/live performance before the moment passes, plus there's a lot of stuff trying to catch your attention AND the actual fine craftsmanship usually isn't one of them. Scores…"
Mar 21, 2013

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  • Wow!  Your composition here is incredible!  Powerful and suspenseful!  The way the violins switch between tremolo to staccato and legato is very nice and keeps things interesting.

    Really nice work.  Hope to hear more from you.

    -Robert

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