Review

Today, I was gifted with the first ever review of Bandestration.  I’m more than please.  The review comes from Thomas Goss of orchestrationonline.com

Bret’s focus is on the main constituents of band music: winds and brass. His site is a cornucopia of valuable information and insights about these instruments, as relevant to orchestrators as it is to band arrangers. He’s got an approach that is reminiscent of the taxonomic approach of Norman Del Mar’s “Anatomy of an Orchestra.” From his section on clarinets:
“It is possible to think of the clarinet family as we would the taxonomy of living species.  The genus Clarinet has many species, and several of those species have further subspecies.  Just as in wildlife, the true taxonomy of some of these beasts is debated.  Many of these species and subspecies, again like our wildlife, are in danger of going extinct (and six members of the family already have expired). Genus – Clarinet.”
Bret’s got some great introductory writings on the heavy hitters of the winds and brass, along with their neglected cousins, like the lupophone, the contraforte, and the ophicleide. I appreciate not only how he gives these auxiliaries a fair shake, but even goes on to propose a revitalization to the orchestra through the addition of new members. Bandestration is more than just a blog or a reference site: it’s really its own philosophy about understanding the roles and relationships of brass and wind instruments.

Instrument List

Before I post anything about any of the particular instruments, I think it best to put up a sort of table of contents on what to expect.  The following list are all the instrument I plan on covering.  I already know that there will be more than is on this list, but I’ll keep some of those a surprise.

Flutes

  •             Piccolo Flute
  •             G Treble Flute
  •             E-flat Soprano Flute
  •             C Flute
  •             Alto Flute
  •             Tenor Flute
  •             Baritone Flute
  •             Bass Flute
  •             Sub-Bass and Contrabass Flute

Recorder

  •             Garklein Recorder
  •             Sopranino Recorder
  •             Soprano Recorder
  •             Alto Recorder
  •             Tenor Recorder
  •             Bass Recorder
  •             Great Bass Recorder
  •             Contrabass Recorder

Oboe

  •             Piccolo Oboe
  •             Oboe
  •             Oboe d’Amore
  •             English Horn
  •             Bass Oboe
  •             Heckelphone
  •             Lupophone

Clarinet

  •             A-flat Clarinet
  •             E-flat Clarinet
  •             C Clarinet
  •             B-flat Clarinet
  •             A Clarinet
  •             Basset Horn
  •             Alto Clarinet
  •             Bass Clarinet
  •             Contra-alto Clarinet
  •             Contrabass Clarinet

Saxophone

  •             Piccolo Saxophones
  •             Sopranino Saxophone
  •             Soprano Saxophone
  •             Alto Saxophone
  •             Tenor Saxophone
  •             Baritone Saxophone
  •             Bass Saxophone
  •             Contrabass Saxophone

Bassoon

  •             Alto Bassoon
  •             Tenor Bassoon
  •             Bassoon
  •             Contrabassoon

Sarrusophone

  •             Soprano Sarrusophone
  •             Alto Sarrusophone
  •             Tenor Sarrusophone
  •             Baritone Sarrusophone
  •             Bass Sarrusophone
  •             Contrabass Sarrusophone

Horn

Wagner Tuba

Cornet

  •             E-flat Soprano Cornet
  •             B-flat Cornet
  •             Alto Horn
  •             Baritone Horn

Trumpet

  •             Piccolo Trumpet
  •             F and G Trumpets
  •             E-flat and D Trumpets
  •             C and B-flat Trumpets
  •             Alto Trumpet
  •             Bass Trumpet

Trombone

  •             Soprano Trombone
  •             Alto Trombone
  •             Tenor Trombone
  •             Bass Trombone
  •             Contrabass Trombone

Tuba

  •             Flügelhorn
  •             Euphonium
  •             Bass Tuba
  •             Contrabass Tuba