A Verse and Variations

One thing about orchestrating a song that has multiple verses, you have to approach orchestrating it in a special way. You have this recurring section of music that has the same harmonic progression and recurring melody performed by the same instrument (the voice). There’s a couple of functional ways of approaching this to allow the music to stay interesting. One way is to do a basic light orchestration for the first verse and to build upon that for orchestrating the following verses. Another way is to orchestrate 3 different variations and place them in order of ‘least to most’ powerful in course of the song.

In the composition I’m working on, I did it in terms of frequency (pitch). I only orchestrated the cellos and violas for the first verse with minimal violin accents. For the following verse, I moved the previous orchestration up higher to the violas and violins with a bit more rhythmic variation while giving the cellos a part that enforces the distorted guitars. And that’s a trip inside my orchestrative mind


Author: John Matthew Newman

Disciple of the Living God, Husband to @TheRockersWife, - Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Minimalist, Avant Garde, Worship - http://Johnny-Newman.com

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