Episode 5 – The Tenor, errr Alto Horn

Matt and I take a look at the Alto Horn, A.K.A the Tenor Horn (or Peck Horn, or Blatweasel) and why it’s not used anymore in American bands.

From Bandestration


Episode 4 – Air on the G Clarinet

Matt and I delve into the oddness that is the Turkish Clarinet in G.

Show Notes:

From Bandestration

Amati G Clarinet

Ripamonti G Clarinet

Fox G Clarinet

What You’re Missing out on

Here’s a complete list of the chapters completed but not published on the website.  These thirty chapters will all be available only in the book.

  • Orchestrating within the Woodwinds – Part 1 – Two-Way Combinations
  • Orchestrating within the Woodwinds – Part 2 – Three-Way and Four-Way Combinations
  • Orchestrating within the Woodwinds – Part 3- The Woodwind Ensemble
  • Orchestrating within the Brass – Part 1 – Two-Way Combinations
  • Orchestrating within the Brass – Part 2 – Three- and Four-Way Combinations
  • Orchestrating within the Brass – Part 3 – The Brass Ensemble
  • Orchestrating between the Woodwinds and Brass
  • Orchestrating with Auxiliary Instruments
  • Instrument Substitution
  • Creating Textures – Introduction
  • Transcriptions – Introduction
  • Transcriptions from Organ – Part 1 – Understanding the Organ
  • Transcriptions from Organ – Part 2 – From Organ to Band
  • Transcriptions from Choir
  • Orchestrating for Solo Instruments and Band
  • Orchestrating for Band With Chorus
  • The Concert Band
  • The Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band versus Wind Ensemble
  • American versus European Bands
  • Brass Bands
  • The American Wind Symphony
  • The French Band
  • The Russian Band
  • The Italian Band
  • The Germanic Band
  • The Dutch Band
  • The Catalonian Band
  • Other Band Formats
  • Orchestrating for Educational Bands Part 1 – The Beginner Band
  • Orchestrating for Educational Bands Part 2 – The Middle School Band
  • Orchestrating for Educational Bands Part 3 – The High School Band
  • Orchestrating for Educational Bands Part 4 – The College Band

Episode 3 – All About that Bass… Saxophone

After a couple of weeks off, Matt and I discuss the Bass Saxophone.

Show Notes

From Bandestration

Eppelsheim Bass Saxophone

Selmer Bass Saxophone

Keilwerth Bass Saxophone

Wessex Bass Saxophone

Omni Exeunt in Mysterium

In late 2015, I was watching an interview with the magician Teller of Penn & Teller.  Despite being the silent half of the duo, he’s surprisingly eloquent, having been a teacher Latin and Greek teacher before becoming a magician.  In this interview, he talked about a Latin phrase that is key to his understanding of the art of magic: Omnia exeunt in mysterium – all things fade into mystery.  This idea stuck me as being beautifully musical.

The philosophy is one that is pertinent to a Medieval way of life.  Their view is that everything in the world is devolving from an initial state of perfection into one of chaos.  This is also the world view of the author J.R.R. Tolkien who expressed it beautifully in his Silmarillion.

While I don’t personally ascribe to the concept, the range of possibilities grabbed hold of me, and I began to write.

It had been several years since I had completed a full piece.  I had taken some different avenues in my life that led me away from being a composer.  However, starting to work on the bandestration site began to focus me.  This is the first fully mature work I’ve composed, and the first to be written after undertaking the massive project of creating a full orchestration and instrumentation text.  It is a product of what I am calling my neo-impressionist style.Omni exeunt in mysterium

Omnia is scored for:

  • 4 C Flutes
  • 2 Oboes
  • Alto Oboe
  • 4 B-flat Clarinets
  • F Alto Clarinet (alt. E-flat Alto Clarinet)
  • 2 Bass Clarinets
  • Contrabass Clarinet
  • 2 Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • 2 Bassoons
  • Contrabassoon
  • 4 F Horns
  • 2 C Trumpets
  • 3 Tenor Trombones
  • Bass Trombone
  • 2 Flügelhorns
  • Tenor Tuba
  • Contrabass Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Glockenspiel/Xylophone
  • Percussion
    • Triangle, Small Tam-Tam, Large Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, Cymbals