Even though you have a lot of instruments at your fingertips when writing for orchestra, that doesn’t mean they have to be all in use all the time. A lot of inexperienced composers and orchestrators often “over-orchestrate” staying for long in a texture as thick as a wall because they simply feel that every instrument needs to be in use.

However, lively orchestration lives from changing textures, building dynamic ranges between a soft instrumental solo and a big orchestral tutti.


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