Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Orchestration Techniques 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will concentrate on the basic technique of scoring for the orchestra including the fundamentals of string technique: structure of the instruments, timbre, range, bowing and effective scoring for strings, techniques for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and scoring for full orchestra. The basic elements of orchestral playing and conducting will also be discussed and analysed.

Study-unit Aims:

During this study-unit, the basic technique of orchestration will be studied and discussed. The lecturer will give the students a number of assignments as exercises in scoring for string ensemble, wind ensemble and full orchestra.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the learner will be able to:
a) recognise the primary elements of orchestration, orchestral playing and conducting;
b) explore the characteristics of the primary orchestral instruments and understand their use in the symphony orchestra.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the learner will be able to:

a) conduct simple pieces for instrumental or choral ensemble;
b) arrange passages from piano pieces for string ensemble, wind ensemble and full orchestra;
c) arrange complex passages from different styles for string ensemble, wind ensemble and full orchestra in an idiomatic way.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Adler, S. 1989. The Study of Orchestration (New York: WM. Norton).
- Blatter, A. 1997. Instrumentation and Orchestration (Belmont: Schirmer).

Supplementary Readings

- Del Mar, Norman. 1983. Anatomy of the Orchestra (London: Faber & Faber).
- Piston, W. 1955. Orchestration (New York: W.W. Norton).

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit requires prior knowledge of music theory

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 No 50%
Written Tasks SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Michael Laus

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