Orchestration #6 – Oboe A

The Oboe is one of the least used woodwinds in Jazz music. It has a special character that can be easily identified in a ensemble setting. As stated in Kennen & Grantham's The Technique of Orchestration: Its spicy, somewhat nasal tone is one of the most distinctive of orchestral colors - one that has a … Continue reading Orchestration #6 – Oboe A


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