Triple Dynamics

Triple Dynamics The dynamic range of orchestra musicians spans more or less between pp and ff. Triple dynamics, even though used quite regularly especially by inexperienced orchestrators will mostly result in not sounding any different than the double dynamics. Only...

Balance of the Harp

Balance of the Harp In a real orchestral tutti, there’s hardly any chance for the harp to be heard. The only thing that might have a chance to cut through are quite strong and expansive glissandos, but any figuration etc. gets lost already in a mezzoforte tutti. Most...

Study Instrument Registers

Study Instrument Registers Just as important as knowing the ranges of the instruments that you are writing for you should also have a clear idea about their registers and dynamic possibilities of them in these registers. There are a few charts out there which show one...

Natural Phrasing of Brass Sustains

Natural Phrasing of Brass Sustains Orchestral Brass players will always execute a natural decrescendo on sustained notes unless otherwise indicated by special dynamics. Many sample libraries come with absolutely flat sustains on the brass (in order to be loopable) and...

“Bells up” on French Horns

“Bells Up” on French Horns For French Horns there is quite often seen in score sheets a request to put the “Bells up” which is supposed to give them some extra volume and brassyness. Even some sample patches are available that cover this technique. Among...