Introduction to Series 2
Our second series of exercises allows students to explore an important subject in orchestration: orchestrating harmony (chords) for woodwind. Unlike strings and brass, the woodwind family consists of several quite diverse timbres. This means that arranging woodwind chords so as to blend well is always something of a challenge. Within the family, only the clarinets exist in enough sizes to allow a full range orchestral chord in one single timbre. Once one starts to combine different woodwind timbres (oboe + clarinet, bassoon + flute, etc.) matters get a lot more complicated.
This series proposes a simple chordal texture, in many different versions, so as to see the many possible combinations available, and their pros and cons. Remember that the goal here is mainly BLEND. Many of the more exotic combinations can be interesting for short passages requiring some special color, but a blended, homogeneous ensemble is required much more often (particularly if the winds are in the background, where they should not attract too much attention).
Note that the horn, while strictly speaking a brass instrument, is often included in woodwind scoring.