Arranging for Brass - Module 3: Orchestral Transcription
This set of videos introduces the basic techniques of arranging orchestral scores for brass ensemble.
Arranging from orchestral scores requires a knowledge and understanding of the original scoring in order to reduce it to manageble form for the given ensemble and often to alter or replace instrumental textures. This module works through some examples to show methods of dealing with these issues.
Each of the 5 videos shows the instrumental considerations and musical techniques employed to transfer the original source material into a practical and effective brass arrangement.
The examples in this module are:
1. Royal March of the Lions - Camille Saint-Saens
2. Ruralia Hungarica - Ernst Dohnanyi
3. Hungarian Dance No 3 - Johannes Brahms
4. On the Cliffs of Cornwall - Ethyl Smyth
5. Pines of the Villa Borghese - Ottorini Resphigi
Each video concludes with a suggested exercise example with which to put the techniques into practice.
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A series of 3 introductory videos and 11 resource videos which cover numerous aspects of the technical and musical background required by a serious arranger are included with Module 1, for instruction or reference,
1: Arranging for Brass - Roger Harvey's credentials
2: Why? A bit of history about brass instruments and ensemble repertoire.
3: What? The personal requirements for arranging.
a: The Harmonic Series
b: Transposing Instruments
j: Harmony 1: notes and scales
k: Harmony 2: chords