Migration away from bandestration.com

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted much on this website in the past year or so. I’m moving to my new professional composer website – bretnewtoncomposer.com

On the new website, you can purchase copies of my books and music. It is the only place you can get the digital form of either volume of Band Orchestration or my music for wind band.

Band Orchestration – Volume 2: Woodwinds

It’s been a while since I last posted. Well, good news is I’ve been hard at work preparing both a new website and more importantly the next volume of my text Band Orchestration. It is now available on my new website where you can order your own copy.


A New Course On Lincolnshire Posy

Hey all! I’ve started a new course devoted just to the orchestration of Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy. You can find this course through my Patreon account. It offers a lot of great incentives depending on the level you join at.

Link to my Patreon can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/bretnewton

Also, if you want to pre-order Band Orchestration – Volume 2: Woodwinds, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/band-orchestration-volume-2

Remember, the more funded the project is, the more resources we’ll have available for recordings and videos to accompany the book.

Update on Volume 2 of Band Orchestration

I thought I’d give a quick update on Volume 2 of Band Orchestration.

First thing, there is an updated and corrected version of Volume 1 now available.  Several minor misprints have been fixed as well as some adjustment in formatting.  Nothing major.

As I write this, I currently have 135 pages and 22,000 words done in Volume 2.  As of right now, I foresee that Volume 2 will be about the same length as Volume 2 (roughly 400 pages and 80,000 words).  All told, this will be 800 pages and over 150,000 words devoted to band orchestration – by far one of the most complete texts ever written on the subject.

Volume 1 can still be easily ordered through the website by following this link.

Purchase a copy of Band Orchestration – Volume 1.

The Forest of Dreams – Part 2

While the instrumentation is unique, a work cannot stand on instrumentation alone.  Again, I go back to Mahler when he equated the symphony to the universe – it must contain everything.  Musical structure and cohesion are of utmost importance.  Without a clear meaning, a complex work is lost to the listener.

The idea behind Forest of Dreams is a nocturnal journey through one’s mind in the dreaming state.  Dreams a fluid.  One dream morphs into the next with no regard to what came before it, but all seem to have a common thread to them.  We aren’t aware when the dreams change.  As such, Forest of Dreams is a single movement work lasting around 50 minutes.  It is divided into six main sections with connecting material in between the main sections.


The introduction starts with an ominous clarinet chord and a rising motif in the Alto Clarinets, bassoons, and Harp.  This section is the darkness we see when we’re falling asleep.  It is nebulous and murky.  We have not begun dreaming yet, but the ideas of our dreams are beginning to form.  An undulating pattern tells us we are between dream.  This pattern will appear in all the interludes as we drift between dreams.  After a fitful episode, we begin to dream. Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams – Part 2”

The Forest of Dreams – Part 1

Over the course of the past year, I have undertaken a huge project.  After completing the initial phase of my website, bandestration.com and the first volume of my comprehensive textbook on band orchestration, I set out to put theory to practice.  As such, I am in the final stages of composing my massive second symphony “The Forest of Dreams.”  In this piece, I put together every technique I’ve written about over the course of the past five years.

The genesis of this project was nearly 20 years ago.  When I first knew I wanted to be a composer, my thoughts were immediately drawn to the form of the symphony.  To me, the symphony is the pinnacle of serious music composition.  As Mahler once said, “The symphony must be like the world.  It must contain everything.” Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams – Part 1”