Most people are able to tell the difference between a saxophone and a clarinet (save for those rare individuals who call a Soprano Saxophone a metal clarinet or a Bass Clarinet a wooden saxophone), but the number of people who confuse bassoons and oboes is strikingly high. Perhaps this is because the oboe family doesn’t descend into the bass register or the bassoon family ascend into the soprano. Yet, the two instruments are fundamentally different. Continue reading “I am not an Oboe”
This is a reprint of an article by Percy Grainger from 1918. It was originally published in Metronome Orchestra Monthly. It is perhaps one of the greatest articles ever written on the art of bandestration. This article is hard to find on the internet, so I have transcribed the whole thing for easier use.
Possibilities of the Concert Wind Band from the Standpoint of a Modern Composer