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Re: Help me understand Orchestration
• Posted by: Thomas   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 11:20 p.m.
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• In Response to: Help me understand Orchestration (Brandon)

> Some of you had posted concerning who orchestrated this score. What
> exactly does that mean? Do you mean John Williams only did the melody and
> the other people did the rest? Does it mean he wasn't integrally a part of
> it? What does it mean?
Essentially orchestration means that John Williams worked in a close collaboration who took what he wrote, and made all the separate parts. Movie composers generally have a very limited amount of time to write the music, and record it, usually 3 months. As a composer myself, I don't have the luxury of having an orchestrator, so it can take me any where from a few weeks to a few months just to write out one song, because it's so time consuming and takes a lot of patience to sit and write out every single instrument's part, and put in dynamics and all that stuff. So what Williams would do, is write out all the music into a sort-of piano score type thing, write all the chors and melodys, and mark above the notes which instrument he wants to play which, and the orchestrators take that condensed score, and pull it apart into each seperate instrument. So he does still write the music, but it's a much easier way to get music written, and orchestrated out quickly, so the recording with the orchestra can happen as fast as possible.

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  • Help me understand Orchestration  (3449 views)
       Brandon - Thursday, August 21, 2003, at 10:14 p.m.
    •      Re: Help me understand Orchestration  (3360 views)    We're Here
         Thomas - Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 11:20 p.m.

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