OK, a little OT, but I see that a lot of you want something to chat about and I really like this group a lot. Now, I LOVE Danny Elfman for his films score stuff, not his Oingo Boingo days. In no way is this message talking him down or anything because I love his work, but I have a few questions about composers, orchestrators, concertmasters, etc in general. I'm using Danny as an example.
Everytime I purchase a CD of one of his film scores I notice that along with Danny there are like eight other people who do stuff with/ for him. One name I always see is Steve Bartek as orchestrator. Now, I have a vague idea of what orchestration is (Ravel and Rimsky_Korsokov, were the greats IMO). I'm not really sure though, but isn't it basically the placement of the orchestral instruments in the best parts and ranges and also the best combinations too... basically. I know there's much more to it.
Here's my question: What exactly does a composer like Danny Elfman do? He has always said that he was never formely trained in music. Does he just hum something or hand them a rough grand staff draft and all his trained pals do all the "serious" work for him, like notate and orchestrate? Here's *most* of the credits on the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack:
Album produced by- Elfman
Orchestrations by- Pope, Slonaker, Olson
Additional Orchestrations by- Bartek, McKenzie, Mann
(SIX FREAKIN' ORCHESTRATORS!!!!)
Concertmaster- (What?) Wilson
Music Production Supervisor- Walker
Album producers- Burton,Rudin, Schroeder
OK, that's a lot of ppl and Danny's name came up once. I don't get it. When I listen to the film score I thought I was listening to Danny's creation. Any info is appreciated.