ORCHESTRATION: A Great Way to Study
There have been threads in the past about book learning versus listening in order to educate ourselves about orchestrating. I recently stumbled across (and I\'m sure others already know about this) another great way to study -- a series of classical CDs called \"Classics Explained,\" in which a narrator takes you through the work and explains the orchestration step by step -- or section by section. I just finished listening to an explanation of Ravel\'s Bolero and it was excellent.
I found this on Lyco\'s Rhapsody music service, which is a pay on-demand streaming service that has thousands of songs, etc. by a huge number of artists. I have recently discovered some new talent and been reintroduced to a number of old friends through this service. I think it\'s the solution to file sharing. At 10 bucks a month you can find just about anything you want -- except, of course, The Beatles.... But they just added The Stones entire catalogue, so maybe J,P,G & R aren\'t far behind.