The study or practice of writing music for an orchestra or of adapting music composed for another medium for an orchestra.

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Where to start with orchestration?

I want to learn orchestration. How can I start? Are there any steps on how to start learning for a musician that has never tried it before? What kind of level of music theory do I need before I ...
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Are there other re-orchestrations of Schumann's symphonies besides Mahler's?

Like for example, maybe Stokowski? Bonus question: have Mahler's re-orchestrations ever been recorded and packaged without giving Mahler credit?
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Why are melodies typically played or sung by high voices or instruments in an ensemble?

In the pop idiom, there appears to be a significant pattern of successful pop songs having high-pitched male vocals. Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, almost all rock songs (FOB, All American Rejects, Red ...
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Suggestions for writing trumpet parts

When writing a passage for the brass quartet, what are some of the rules that should be observed with regards to the trumpets. I've noticed that due to the trumpet's piercing sound, my quartet ...
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What instruments are asked for in this original Sousa score?

This answer by @NReilingh inspired me to trawl the web looking at Sousa music. Feeling that the clarity of orchestration contributes a significant amount to this music, I was pleased to find this ...
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Instrument range cheat sheets

I am just beginning to learn composing (lots of fun so far!) and I am beginning to move from compositions for solo instruments (mainly piano) to making scores for groups/orchestras. I have not ...
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German abbreviations for instrument names in score markings (Wagner - Tannhauser)

I'd like to know to which instruments are these signatures referring. I think "Pos" is a trombone but I may be wrong. Please note these are from page 2 of Wagner's Tannhauser ouverture and, most ...
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Instrument Register tone and quality chart

I have been looking for some time now, for a chart of all the different register tone qualities of all the instruments played in an orchestra. If you have a hard time understanding what I mean by ...
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Orchestration and painting evenly over the spectrum

Empirically, mainly watching Stephen Malinovwski's (smalin) music visualization videos on YouTube, I have noticed that several instruments playing together sound better when they roughly cover the ...
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How many voices do violins usually play in modern orchestral music

I've been into arranging and composing for orchestral music for a few years now, however, my music is usually fully computer-rendered (ewql), so I don't have any practical limits of how many ...
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What is the convention for splitting 4 parts of the same instrument in a score?

I'm orchestrating a piece and distributing a chord among 4 bassoons. If I were writing the French Horn part, I'd know one of the common practices would be to have two staves: one for Horns 1 and 3, ...