COMMON PROBLEMS IN ORCHESTRATION
by Professor Alan Belkin
Lesson 3D - Orchestrating a Crescendo
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Comments from Professor Belkin on Example No. 3D:
Note how the end of each of the first two phrases is here transferred to the strings. This is not entirely successful; the change in timbre breaks up the momentum of the phrase; the effect is made worse by the loss of the high register. The loss of the woodwinds at the end is also a bit disappointing. The bass drum is intended to reinforce the final crescendo, but it is not the best choice. The bass drum is one of the lowest sounds in the orchestra, and this climax is rather brilliant, so the effect here of "thunder in the distance" is not really appropriate.
©Alan Belkin, 2006