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Woodwind balance

I am seeking advice from ensemble players and/or anyone reasonably experienced with scoring for winds, especially if you have a background in chamber music.

I compose and arrange for piano, strings, and guitar, but I am hoping to expand my horizon and beginning to look into orchestration in general.

I own a grand flute and have a basic understanding of what it can do and how it will sound not as MIDI but in real life. What it can cut through, and what it will only ever-so-slightly color.

By extension albeit to a lesser extent I can claim the same for the piccolo.

However, I have zero experience writing for oboe, clarinet, or bassoon.

The following piece is my very first attempt at balancing all five woodwinds mentioned above, and not just against one another but against five string instruments as well.

https://musescore.com/user/27897310/scores/5545711

Owing to complete inexperience, at first I tried to tackle this by thinking in terms of flute and string quartet, and treating the rest of the players as supporting cast. I have no idea if that's the wisest thing to do, but that's what I know. So it starts off tame and only gradually grows more confident.

The piece is tonal and requires no virtuosity from any of the players. I am not concerned with what's playable and what isn't. I am concerned with balance, texture, and color. 

So if the individual parts are unremarkable that's a good thing. My focus is on making them come together to form a cohesive whole. Not on pushing the envelope, but on acquiring an understanding of the basics. There's no point in writing the next Rite of Spring if you can't even orchestrate two bars of a simple waltz.

In brief, I have no idea how any of this will sound on actual instruments, what to look out for, and what not to worry about. 

So if something jumps out at you as an experienced ensemble player, by all means do let me know. 

If nothing does, all the better.

The runtime is six minutes. 

Thank you in advance.


Alex.

How to be heard over the rest of my band?

So im in marching band and I'm the only flute out of 16 hornline, mostly brass...

I keep trying to play louder but it always goes up an octave or makes an awful screeching noise. Even though I have been playing for about two years, I've never found a solution to the problem.  I was wondering if any of you could give me some tips on how to play louder but still sound decent during competitions.

Need advice about the bassoon

You may or may not know this but I am arranging the Pathetique Sonata for a symphony orchestra. I have gotten to the second Grave section and the notes reach the very lowest register of the bassoon. Before I get too deep into it, I need some advice about the bassoon, preferably from someone who plays the bassoon.

Can the bassoon play pianissimo in its lowest register? Because the last note of the Grave section that I would put in the bassoon part is a B natural below the bass staff. I know the bassoon can be very mellow sounding but can B natural below the bass staff be played pianissimo? If not, then I will just have that note played by the double basses and notate it up an octave from where it is in the piano score to get the desired pitch.

New Group

If anyone is interested, I recently created a new group called Percussion Solo and Duet Repertoire. I want the group to store as much percussion repertoire as possible that only requires on or two players to perform. This can also includes pieces that feature a percussion soloist (Ex: Bob Becker's Bye Bye Medley and   Emmanuel Sejourne's Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra). Here's the link if anyone is interested in joining: https://musescore.com/groups/percussion-solo-and-duet-repertoire

MuseScoreMonday

Hi there,

We are new to this group.
A short introduction. We are a drum group from The Netherlands with the mission to promote rudimental drumming in the broadest way.
We are currently Musescore Ambassadors and have a weekly item #MusescoreMonday.
We release a new score each Monday.
This can be a warming up, a rudimental lick, drum feature or composition... etc..
Check out our score of this Monday and check our page.
https://musescore.com/rudimentaldrummers/scores/5509976

We'd love to hear from you and talk a out the craft of (rudimental) drumming and #ShareTheTradition

Cheers
René
Team RD