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Challenge: Instruments Featured
« on: June 23, 2012, 07:37:53 AM »
Some of you know that when I'm not writing music, I teach little kids all day. Right now I'm working on a project that involves recording this book

The "challenge" I've set for myself is to find two samples of each instrument in the concert repertoire - one relatively quiet or diffuse for a background (while the words are being read) and one relatively loud and prominent for the foreground (between page turns). This challenge isn't about writing music - it's about how much of a musical buff you are and how many potential examples spring immediately to mind. ;)

VIOLIN (p) -
VIOLIN (f) -
VIOLA (p) -
VIOLA (f) -
CELLO (p) -
CELLO (f) -
BASS (pizz) (p) -
BASS (arco) (f) -
FLUTE (p) -
FLUTE (f) -
OBOE (p) -
OBOE (f) -
HORN (p) -
HORN (f) -
TUBA (p) -
TUBA (f) -
PIANO (p) -
PIANO (f) -

(you may notice they've completely skipped over the trombone and harp... and I have no idea why!)

Bear in mind these should all be relatively idiomatic. For instance, the really high bass solo from Mahler's 1st symphony would be a bad example of what a bass actually sounds like.

I'll post my own "answer" shortly but in the meantime I think this will be profitable for everyone looking to hear examples of how each instrument has been used successfully - especially if you fill in every blank and post your own solutions before looking at everybody else's. :D

Have fun.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2012, 08:40:15 AM by suspenlute »


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Re: Challenge: Instruments Featured
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012, 08:34:04 AM »
For the record, here's what I'm using so far, although the recording isn't finalized so I could theoretically replace any of these. As mentioned above I tried to stick to standard repertoire although a few exceptions snuck in...

VIOLIN (p) - Scheherazade, violin solo from mvt. iii
VIOLIN (f) - Capriccio Espagnol, violin solo from mvt. iii
VIOLA (p) - Enigma Variations, "Ysobel"
VIOLA (f) - Harold In Italy, first viola solo in mvt. i
CELLO (p) - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, beginning of mvt. ii
CELLO (f) - Rococo Variations, first cello solo in mvt. i
BASS (pizz) (p) - In the Hall of the Mountain King
BASS (arco) (f) - Carnival of the Aminals - Elephant
FLUTE (p) - Williams' Tuba Concerto, flute solo from mvt. ii
FLUTE (f) - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'une faune, opening bars
PICCOLO (p) - Cheated and used a sped-up recording of "Syrinx"
PICCOLO (f) - Scheherazade, piccolo runs from mvt. iv
OBOE (p) - Symphonie Fantastique, beginning of mvt. iii
OBOE (f) - Gymnopedies (an arrangement for solo English Horn that I acquired from "somewhere" I forget)
BASSOON (p) - Scheherazade, bassoon solo from mvt. ii
BASSOON (f) - Le Coq d'Or, bassoon solo
CLARINET (p) - Random passage from Mozart's clarinet concerto
CLARINET (f) - Capriccio Espagnol, clarinet solo from mvt. iii
BASS CLARINET (p) - Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
BASS CLARINET (f) - Snegoruchka, bass clarinet solo
HORN (p) - Schumann's Concertstuck, first big horn feature
HORN (f) - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, you know which part :P
TRUMPET (p) - Capriccio Espagnol, fanfare from mvt. iv
TRUMPET (f) - Mahler's Symphony No. 5, opening bars
TUBA (p) - Random passage from Williams' Tuba Concerto
TUBA (f) - Cheated and used a brass band playing ragtime music
TYMPANI (p) - Symphonie Fantastique, end of mvt. iii
TYMPANI (f) - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, beginning of mvt. iv
CYMBALS (p) - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, overture
CYMBALS (f) - Capriccio Espagnol, last few bars, cymbals playing 8th notes :)
PIANO (p) - Mussorgsky's Piano Sonata, trio from mvt. ii
PIANO (f) - Carnival of the Animals, piano players

you can see I got a little tired as the evening wore on... for example I could have used Also Sprach Zarathustra instead of Shostakovich. But I left my "mistakes" in the hopes that others will do the same and thereby make the answers more diverse. ;)
« Last Edit: June 23, 2012, 08:36:26 AM by suspenlute »