Hi, I hope this isn\'t too much of a dumb question (or series of dumb questions) but here goes;
I have received my copy of Advanced Orchestra (ok, when VSL is available here I might sell my car!)
I also have Samuel Adler\'s The Study of Orchestration (book and cd\'s) on order.
In the AO notes it gives you a breakdown of which instruments typically make up an orchestra and how many are in each section.
I don\'t have the booklet in front of me (I\'m at work) but I think for strings it said;
14 1st violins
12 2nd violins
My first question (I\'m slowly getting to the point!) is what is a typical breakdown for brass, woodwind and percussion?
On the note of percussion, do orchestra\'s typically have to \"beef up\" the percussion if going for the Hans Zimmer, hollywood-soundtrack style? Or is that something that is mixed in later with samples?
My final question, (sorry about this) Are there any general rules to help me out in orchestrating? For example, Using trombones for low drones, whilst the trumpets beat out the melody? (I just made that up) I know of course that rules are made to be broken but it would help to know what ensembles work well.
Thanks in advance, Scott.