The Orchestra Reviews
Description:Discussion of the orchestra, its instruments and how to write for it.
Newest Review: ... many other instruments too, but most common non-percussive 'auxiliary' instruments include the piano, harp, saxophone and euphonium. Now that's a lot to take in, but in summary, there is a lot of room to manoeuvre despite being in place a traditional skeleton. The fifth 'section' of the orchestra consists of one man, and is traditionally most certainly mandatory: the conductor. Although ... more
Customer The Orchestra Reviews (1)
by - written on 03/10/12, updated on 03/01/13 (Very useful, 69 readings)
The most historic ensemble, one of the most widely used and certainly the most diverse, the orchestra is a grand group of instruments that has evolved massively over centuries. It began as a small ensemble and has grown enormously over time, and numbers and options are endless, ranging from as little as approximately 40 players to - well, unlimited amounts - Mahler's 8th is coined "Symphony of a Thousand" for a reason. It can actually be quite an intimidating force - I know in the past I have found it quite overwhelming, with 19th/20th century composers such as Beethoven, Strauss, Elgar and Stravinsky utilising the ensemble to awesome effect. But it can be ... Read the complete review