Hopefully I have caught your attention by know as I have one little question out of curiosity.
For your live orchestral shows (for which I did not get to see ), like in Nova Scotia, the Barbican one, the FM4 session, and the Netherlands one, do you do some rearranging of the scores? And if so how much do you do of it and why?
Or do you just print out the original album scores and gogogo?
Post by Owen from Final Fantasy on Nov 14, 2011 13:57:31 GMT -5
I do make changes, yes. Here is a partial list of variables from show to show:
1. Score on 11x17" vs. score on A3. 2. Parts on 8.5x11" vs. parts on A4 vs. another dimension. 3. Score in C vs. transposing score. 4. Doubled winds and brass on separate parts vs. doubled winds and brass on same parts. 5. Doubled winds and brass on separate staves vs. Doubled winds and brass on separate stave. 6. Bass trombone vs. tuba. 7. Number of available percussionists. 8. Availability of celeste, marimba, piano, harp. 9. Formal changes in score between versions w/looping, versions w/out looping, versions w/looping and band, or other combinations.
I prefer to do my own copyist work. Good copyists are priced beyond my reach, and average copyists do a worse job and are still expensive. So it's time consuming!
To be honest, I'm working to cut down the "chamber music" style show as much as possible. It's fun, and musically it's very rewarding, but I prefer to play shows with the band (and nobody else) and save the chamber music for new commissions and/or recorded material.
Post by Owen from Final Fantasy on Nov 14, 2011 13:59:19 GMT -5
I had a conductor, once, who asked for the entire score to have All Instruments at All Times, even when they're resting, so that there can be zero conservation of paper and maximum page turns. It actually looked great, I understood why it was useful to him! But yeah, that took a couple hours to get together.
Holy crap! That's a lot of work..........and I now definitely appreciate it (not that I didn't before)...... It does end up sounding brilliant though!!
I can see now why your moving away from this live chamber stuff, which saddens me, but that's OK, because I'm not the one doing the work. Now I understand! hsusmariajosep !
So basically, you have to re-arrange for each and every orchestral show? And have you ever had to deal with an overly snobbish and uncooperating conductor? Like do this, do that, not that sucks, change, it etc.
Also. Orchestral album ever again???
PS: sorry for all the questions. I am a curious child so happy to see answers from a deity