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Let’s start our discussion on music ensembles
with a question. Who wants something different for dinner tonight?
Although this sounds wacky and off topic, it isn’t really.
In the same way that we need diversity in our food intake, we also
need diversity in the texture and feel of the music provided to
us by the ensembles and instrumental combos that we listen to.
Tired of chicken again (or tofu for my veggie website visitors)? How
about going a bit lighter with a large Greek salad (dressing on the
side, please)! Here are some different ensembles to consider composing
• piano duo;
• septets and octets;
• string orchestra;
• chamber orchestra;
• symphony orchestra.
some of the above categories, there are different instruments
that can be formed as a group. Take the quintet ensemble, for
instance. A brass quintet has two trumpets,
horn, a trombone
and a tuba
while a woodwind quintet has the following: flute,
horn and bassoon.
More tips on instrumental ensembles can be found in the all purpose
composer/pianist resource book, Ready,
here for Ready, Set, Compose!, the ultimate resource
book for keyboard improvisers, composers and pianists.
here for our exciting new piece of the month!