Okay guys, this is a song I’m writing for my wife’s next album. It’s a tune called Fairy Dance, and I’m using a traditional melody.
To preface, I haven’t done any of the humanizing work necessary to make it sound realistic, this is just straight from the notation software and adding the GPO voices. So don’t expect perfection right now. This question is about orchestration, and the polish work will come after that.
The version I posted contains the melody played by a flute, though we do have lyrics and my wife's lovely alto will take over that chore at a later date. So this isn't an instrumental piece, the flute part will be sung.
As for the rest of the midi parts, the main chording accompaniment is done by full orchestral strings, as are the harmony additions. The violin (melody) and flute (harmony) parts are used for an instrumental break, during which there are no vocals.
Now, I like the way this is sounding, as it’s in keeping with my original vision. My wife says it “needs something else”. When I pressed her, she said it needs “more than strings and a flute”. Personally, I think it sounds good as is. The subject of the song is a dance of fairies, a topic that is light, airy, and carefree. I think the current orchestration achieves that, and adding much more, especially something brassy or low pitched, would detract from it.
But I acknowledge that I could be wrong. So, I’m asking the good people on this forum, whose compositions I have listened to and enjoyed on many occasions, to give me the benefit of their experience. What changes, if any, would YOU make to the orchestration?