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General Music Theory and Tutorials => Orchestration => Topic started by: Medievalwarfare on March 19, 2019, 07:52:27 AM

Title: What blends with Piano
Post by: Medievalwarfare on March 19, 2019, 07:52:27 AM
I want to create a piece with a piano being the solo instrument. What instruments blend well with a piano?
Title: Re: What blends with Piano
Post by: Michel.R.E on March 19, 2019, 08:35:21 AM
you want to create a "solo" piece for piano... so you're not looking for something that "blends" but something that will allow you to bring out the piano's unique sonority against whatever instrumental background you use.

Start with something simple. A string ensemble  for example (1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, celli, and contrabass).

It's important that you learn how to use each part of the orchestra efficiently and to its greatest effect.

Because of volume limitations inherent in the instrument itself, you would avoid placing a piano against a background of just brass... or you'd face having to always write soft brass, or loud piano, or just constantly contrasting the two without really ever bringing them together.

woodwinds are a good ensemble to accompany a piano. for example a quintet with piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, or a sextet with the same ensemble plus horn.


As such, to answer ONLY the question in your thread title: nothing actually "blends" with piano.
Title: Re: What blends with Piano
Post by: Medievalwarfare on March 19, 2019, 10:03:00 AM
Thank you for the input.
Title: Re: What blends with Piano
Post by: gogreen on March 19, 2019, 02:29:49 PM
I agree with Michel. I'd try a wind quintet or a string ensemble. I might also try a saxophone quartet and piano, or even a percussion ensemble and piano. Because I'm far more familiar with wind instruments, I'd opt for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn; or piano and saxophone quartet. So go with what's most familiar.
Title: Re: What blends with Piano
Post by: flint on March 19, 2019, 04:45:43 PM
I don't count the Piano as blending with anything but other percussion instruments. It does complement many other instruments/groups, however.