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As the poster above me mentioned, Rimsky-Korsakov's book is a great resource, along with Kent Kennan's Technique of Orchestration, and Samuel Adler. There's many orchestration books out there, and be sure to do some research on voice leading and counterpoint. Watch some videos showcasing each instruments' ranges, timbres, and qualities. Also, get yourself ...


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You don't need to play an instrument in order to write for it. After all, the vast majority of people don't play every orchestral instrument (at least not well; music ed majors typically have to learn a bit of everything but they're not expected to achieve anything close to mastery). It's just important that you know how every instrument works so that you ...


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i also think you're on the right track with, "greater control over the musical discourse if us musicians have more time to consider the movements." after all, how does one know the tempo with one downbeat? it's impossible. you have to have at least two beats. of course the orch can start playing immediately but there is always a slight difference (at least) ...


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'a2' also shows up in percussion parts. even when there is only one written part (snare drum, for ex.) a composer occasionally wants a second player to 'double' what is being played, either for volume or added color/texture. bolero is a good example. toward the end, a 2nd snare drummer is supposed to join in. (this is not always done, but it is in the ...


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It might be useful to think of it this way. The second violins, for instance, are a section; they normally play together as a section. Many scores don't specify how many second violins are in the orchestra; they just expect there to be as many as the orchestra has. When the composer needs this second violin section to change its behavior and split into two ...


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There are a few sources of seperated multi-track recordings, but they're generally aimed at recordists who want to develop their mixing skills. MIDI files of plenty of orchestral pieces are available. Here are some of the Beethoven symphonies. Any sequencer program will give you individual control of each track's level, and will let you export each track ...



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