Alfheim – Orchestration update

With school testing season and bird migration season (my other hobby) underway, I haven’t had much time to work on my symphony.  Currently, I’ve been working on it for about 1 year now.  There are about 35-40 minutes of music completely done and orchestrated.  With that said, I’ve updated the ensemble from what I originally planned.  Here is the current lineup:

8 Flutes

  1. C Flute and Piccolo
  2. C Flute and Piccolo
  3. C Flute and Piccolo
  4. C Flute, Piccolo, and G Baritone Flute
  5. C Flute, G Treble Flute, and Alto FLute
  6. C Flute and Alto Flute
  7. C Flute and Tenor Flute
  8. C Flute and Bass Flute

4 Recorders

  • Required so far: Garklein through Great Bass

8 Oboes

  1. Oboe
  2. Oboe
  3. Oboe and F Baritone Oboe
  4. Oboe and Bass Oboe
  5. Mezzo-Soprano Oboe
  6. Alto Oboe
  7. Alto Oboe
  8. Tenor Oboe

17 Clarinets

  • 1 A-Flat Clarinet
  • 2 E-flat Clarinets
  • 2 C Clarinets
  • 4 B-flat Clarinets
  • 2 A Clarinets
  • 2 F Alto Clarinets
  • 2 B-flat Bass Clarinets
  • 1 Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • 1 Contrabass Clarinet

12 Saxophones

  • Piccolo Saxophone
  • Sopranino Saxophone
  • C Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • F Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • C Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Bass Saxophone
  • Contrabass Saxophone
  • Subcontrabass Saxophone

8 Bassoons

  • Alto Bassoon
  • F Tenor Bassoon
  • 3 Bassoons
  • Semi-Contrabassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Subcontrabassoon

5 Sarrusophones

  • Alto Sarrusophone
  • Tenor Sarrusophone
  • Baritone Sarrusophone
  • Bass Sarrusophone
  • E-flat Contrabass Sarrusophone

8 Horns

  • 4 Horns
  • 4 Wagner Tuben (=4 Horns)

8 Cornets

  • 1 E-flat Cornet
  • 3 B-flat Cornets
  • 2 Alto Horns
  • 2 Baritone Horns

6 Trumpets

  1. C Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet
  2. C Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet
  3. C Trumpet
  4. B-flat Trumpet
  5. B-flat Trumpet and F Alto Trumpet
  6. Bass Trumpet

8 Trombones

  • 1 Alto Trombone
  • 3 Tenor Trombones
  • 1 G Baritone Trombone
  • 2 Bass Trombones
  • 1 Contrabass Trombone

10 Tubas

  • 3 B-flat Flügelhorns
  • 1 F Alto Flügelhorn/Mellophone
  • 2 Tenor Tubas
  • 2 Bass Tubas
  • 2 Contrabass Tubas

2 TImpani

Percussion as needed (numbers not yet set)

Piano

Celesta

2 Harps

Organ

Wordless Male Chorus

8 Double Basses

With this setup, I’ve deleted a few instruments (4th Flügelhorn and 2nd Mellophone, all guitars and mandolins, etc.), but I’ve added the sarrusophones and F and C saxophones.

With these changes, I’ve found that I write completely differently for the F and C saxophones than I do for the E-flat and B-flat instruments.  I’m using the sarrusophones for sinister effects (like one would with trombone pedals).

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6 thoughts on “Alfheim – Orchestration update

  1. Alex Kindel

    The complement of recorders so far is exactly the instruments I own! It could be fun to record the parts.

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