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”