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. Chris

    What are you intending to do with the finished copy of this work? Will the score be posted here?

  2. 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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