Questions tagged [orchestration]

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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What are overtones?

Can someone please explain what overtones are and why they are important? I read a lot on the web about them but didn't understand. Also how can they be used when writing for orchestration?
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How to distinguish between different instruments in a classical orchestra?

I want to train myself into distinguishing the instruments being played simultaneously in orchestral music (primarily Wagner and Bruckner, maybe Mahler). Ideally I want to be able to say at each point ...
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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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Books on orchestration specializing in dynamics?

I want to improve two aspects of my orchestration: (1) my use of "dynamics" (2) feel of "force" in the combination of timbers at select points in my pieces to give them better accentuation. (eg ...
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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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Can I play an English horn part with a viola?

I want to perform music in class for a Shakespeare play. Can I play an English horn part with a viola?