(orch) String Orchestration Assignment

Due 10/27/09:

Orchestrate two different excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for some combination of strings (3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, harp). You must include the harp in one of the excerpts.

  • Excerpt 1: The opening Promenade, mm. 1 – 16 (the first two beats of m. 16, ending on F)
  • Excerpt 2: The final three systems of p. 3 of the pdf, starting at the “Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza.”

The pdf and separate piano recordings are in iLocker. Listen to the recordings. The first recording features interesting dynamic contrasts, and includes articulations not specifically notated in the score. The second recording contrasts greatly with the first.

Use the knowledge gained from our past two string sessions (and tonight’s harp session) to write well-thought out string parts. These parts should include clear bowings, articulations, and for harp, proper pedal indications. Your dynamics may not match exactly with the piano score, which is ok. The piano score is fairly sparse, and more indications are needed for an instrumental ensemble.


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