As I said in my last post, there is still a lot of work to be done so that this overture can be performed by many different musical organizations during the centennial. I struggled a bit with how to proceed in the most logical manner, since so many things need to be done. I decided that the first step was to determine the absolute minimum instrumentation needed to have this composition work and to insert appropriate cues in order to cover solos and other important parts in less common instruments. I did this by duplicating the Sibelius file containing the overture, renaming it "minimum instrumentation", and muting the optional and less common instruments. I was able to tell where I need to add cues and/or change the voicing of some of the chords so that the piece can sound complete with less instruments. It is difficult to predict the instrument strengths and weakness of every group that will want to play this overture. For example, there was a while when public schools in Pennsylvania were experiencing large shortages of trombone players. Another example is the band that I play in now has a shortage of percussionists. But I think these problems are less frequent than not having double reeds or even French Horns.
While I was doing this step of reworking the orchestration, I began to prepare a document that will outline the possibilities to potential performing groups. Here is the excerpt regarding instrumentation:
Full Instrumentation – pic; fl. 1 & 2; ob. 1 & 2; bsn. 1 & 2; Bb cl. 1, 2, 3; al. cl.; bs. cl.; al. sax. 1 & 2; ten. Sax.; bari. Sax.; trpt. 1, 2, 3; hn. 1, 2, 3, 4; trom. 1, 2, 3; euph BC and TC; tuba; timp.; perc. 1 (SD, Temple Blocks or 2 WB, claves, tom-toms); perc. 2 (BD, rattle, tamb. guiro); glock.
Minimum Instrumentation - pic; fl. 1 & 2; Bb cl. 1, 2, 3; bs. cl.; al. sax. 1 & 2; ten. Sax.; trpt. 1, 2, 3; hn. 1, 2; trom. 1, 2, 3; euph BC and TC; tuba; timp.; perc. 1 (SD, Temple Blocks or 2 WB, claves, tom-toms); perc. 2 (BD, rattle, tamb.); glock.
Can even be played without Horns, Bs. Clar., and Bari. Sax. if necessary as the following solos are cued:
Oboe solos are cued in Al. Sax. 1
Hn. 1 solos are cued in Trom. 1
Important Bs. Cl. Are cued in the Euph. Or Tuba part
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