Composition Activity Resources
Links to resources (project descriptions, scores, recordings, videos, etc.) used for various composing, analysis and listening activities will be posted on this page.
The Orchestra: A Users Manual - Excellent online orchestration resource from composer/musicologist Andrew Hugill. Lots of information here.
Instrument Ranges handout - Brief/simple. This is no substitute for an orchestration book or website!
Alfred Music (publisher) School Band & Orchestra Parameters - Instrumentation, ranges and more regarding Alfred Music's graded band and orchestra (string and full) series.
Pedal Point Explained, with Examples - Music theory's gift to composers at all levels!
Cantus Firmus in the 20th-Century - Examples of how this centuries-old technique is still being used!
Nun Danket Alle by Karg-Elert
Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H) by Ron Nelson
Sonata Allegro Form - Analysis of Franz Josef Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 37 in D Major, movement 1.
Musical Offering, by J.S. Bach - A fascinating tale!
A look at some deft orchestrations of music originally written for piano. Most of these orchestrations are by the composer.
Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky (see above)
"Nimrod," from Enigma Variations, Elgar (arr. Elgar, also below) - This folder includes piano and orchestral scores.
Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel (arr. Ravel) - The wikipedia article on this piece has good background information and recordings of the original piano suite movements. HERE'S the original piano version.
Scene from "Narnia"
After viewing this scene from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, with music by Harry Gregson-Williams), discuss ways the music (i.e. tempo, scale/mode, texture, timbre/orchestration, form, compositional devices, etc.) contributes to the drama/narrative presented in the film.