My copy of GPO will be arriving any day now (tears of joy streaming down sides of his face) and I have a few questions about orchestration!
I'm a keyboard player who's played synthisized strings for a while and, for arguments sake, if I want my string section play a chord, say a "Gmajor", I'd play a couple of Low G's, and then add a G, B, & D combo up above somewhere - Sorted - no worries
What on earth is the convention in a reach orchestra? I know the instruments involved, just not the correct way to use them! Here are a few questions which show my dumness
If I were to play that following notes for the chord G Major using the string section:
- B, D, G (around middle C) plus two G's (One octave apart & one octave beneath the chord) What instuments can be used for each note?
Kind of relating the first question - Is there any convention which states how many different notes a section can play? Say the 1st Violin Section - would they all play just the one note (say a high G), or can they play another note along with that? I know that it is technically possible for them all to be playing a different note, but that just seems a little daft.
Does anyone have a link to a quick overview of this stuff? Is the viola section really the forgotten outsider, relegated to playing just one note (or two) at a time?
I've played in a brass band before, so I have a general idea about section work - however we had a very small brass band, and a section was generally consisted of one of each instrument (if we were lucky) - so it was only a lesson half learnt!
If someone more learned than me can assist in some of these conventions then more tears of happyness shall well.