Re-composition #2 – Concierto de Aranjuez

Gil's masterful arrangement of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio Mvt. was one of the first of his works that I heard and fell in love with. Even though the original is quite a famous piece it was the Sketches of Spain version that I heard first. Miles' playing is superb throughout, not only imitating … Continue reading Re-composition #2 – Concierto de Aranjuez


Orchestration #6 – Oboe B

Use of Oboe in ensemble passages When the Oboe is used in ensemble passages, consideration of its positioning is required so that the Oboe does not dominate the timbre. However, when an 'edge' is needed in the phrase, the Oboe placed as the lead instrument or toward the upper range in the voicing can be … Continue reading Orchestration #6 – Oboe B

Re-composition #1 – Will O’ the Wisp

Gil Evan's was well known for his ability to take fragments of melody or harmony and make an entirely new piece from them. Some of his arrangements became so different from their original that the term re-composition becomes more appropriate. Whilst Will O' the Wisp from Sketches of Spain is quite recognizable from the original piece … Continue reading Re-composition #1 – Will O’ the Wisp

Orchestration #5 – Tutti Voicings

Comparing Gil's tutti voicings with other composers So a true analysis of the vertical sonority can take place the examples in this post are taken mostly from tutti moments containing little or no counterpoint. Audio examples below. Springsville - bar 130 (end of shout chorus) This climactic voicing in Springsville is very bright and dramatic. … Continue reading Orchestration #5 – Tutti Voicings