COMMON PROBLEMS IN ORCHESTRATION
by Professor Alan Belkin
Lesson 2D - Achieving Blended Harmony for Winds
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Comments from Professor Belkin on Example No. 2D:
This is somewhat better. Here the oboe has the melody, which stands out. The middle parts are given to two clarinets, so they blend, and the bassoon plays the bass. Note that clarinets and
bassoon also blend quite well, especially when they are closely spaced.
But what if this were a harmonic accompaniment to something else, say a melody in the strings? The oboe would be too prominent.
How could this problem be solved?
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