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Scoring Stages #1: Bruckner and Film Orchestration

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Scoring Stages™ #1: Bruckner and Film Orchestration
(12 Scoring Techniques For Live Orchestra and MIDI Mock-ups)
16 Mini-Video Lectures, Running Approximately 120 Minutes
ALL Videos & PDF Score Booklet Posted for Downloading NOW!

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Introducing Scoring Stages™

Virtual Orchestration™ 1 covered the Spectrotone Chart™ and Span of Orchestration™ where the orchestra’s range is divided into five parts: sub bass, low, medium, high, and very high. Here we saw that the melody and background line can be placed in any register. Visual Orchestration™ 2 covered the core basics of orchestration and applied those insights to setting up the virtual orchestral template. Here we went one step further and looked at recording issues including the RT60s (reverb tails) for where both films and virtual orchestral libraries have been recorded.

Scoring Stages™ brings the two together in these value-priced problem/solution composer’s workshops using mini-video lectures where you immediately do (compose and produce) what you just learned.

The 16 Mini-Lectures in Bruckner & Film Scoring

Mini-Lecture 1: What You’ll Learn & Do
You’re given 12 full page score excerpts. Some look very easy. But when you go to mock them up and mix them, you’ll find a real challenge on your hands. Chief on the list is getting strings to blend as a section, creating effective brass lines and brass harmony for horns and bones, trumpets and bones, the whole section, then full orchestral tutti’s, and a few more.

Mini-Lecture 2: The Grandfather of Film Music
Anton Bruckner has been called the Grandfather of Film Music because of his innovative harmonies heard so often on screen, his use of span of orchestration showing clarity of line, and thematic elements which have made their way into many films.

Mini-Lecture 3: Instrumentation and Music Production Issues
We’ll look at the instrumentation of Bruckner symphonies 4, 6, 7, and 8 then look at the issues involved with finding the right samples for the job.

Mini-Lecture 4: Stage Setups and Music Production Issues
We’ll look at Bruckner symphony stage setups of well known conductors to see how they achieved their sound. You’ll then apply this in your template with spatial placement.

Mini-Lectures 5A - 5E: 1-Part Span of Orchestration: 1 Theme
5 Techniques taught. Full orchestral tutti; horns & bones; brass, woods & strings; brass in octaves; divisi strings on a rhythm.

Mini-Lectures 6A - 6C:
2-Part Span of Orchestration: 1 Theme and 1 Background Line
3 techniques taught. Rhythmic Strings and Solo Trumpet; Rhythmic Strings and Soli Cellos; Rhythmic Strings and brass/winds tutti.

Mini-Lectures 7A - 7B: 3-Part Span of Orchestration: Theme and 2 Background Lines
2 techniques taught. Rhythmic high strings, melodic low strings, answering French horn; Rhythmic strings, melodic brass/ww, French horn background line.

Mini-Lectures 8A - 8B: 4-part Span of Orchestration
2 techniques taught. 4-part string writing; 4-part orchestral writing.

How Scoring Stages™ #1 Works
Scoring Stages™ makes use of pattern/stepwise instruction which is the way music people best learn.

That’s why in Scoring Stages™ #1, you’re given 12 orchestral excerpts organized by 1-part, 2-part, 3-part, and 4-part span of orchestration. Each of these is a model representing a specific scoring technique or production problem that takes place in both live performance and when doing MIDI mock-ups. After being given a brief analysis of each full page score excerpt in the mini-video lecture, including tone colors where appropriate, you’ll then imitate what you’ve just learned by creating an original 30-60 second piece which you then mock-up. Where appropriate, production issues will also be considered within each mini-lecture. Learners are encouraged to go the distance by doing a MIDI mock-up of each full page Bruckner excerpt.

What You Need
You will absolutely need the 70th Anniversary Edition of the Spectrotone Chart. If you have not yet gone through the Visual Orchestration Courses, you’re encouraged to do so to get the most out of Scoring Stages: Bruckner and Span of Orchestration, but it's not a prerequisite to taking this course.

Do At Your Own Pace

There’s no rush! The idea is to apply what you’ve learned by building your composition, orchestration and music production skills as you go. Use the gear you have.

You are encouraged, however, to watch all the Scoring Stages videos first to get an overview of where you’re going. After that, go for it!


Peter Lawrence Alexander is the first American to create in English the multi-volume Professional Orchestration™ Series which has been endorsed by winners of the Academy®, Grammy®, Emmy®, and BAFTA® Awards. He’s also the author of How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite, The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux. Writing For Strings, Applied Professional Harmony 101 and 102 and the popular How MIDI Works. He’s also Film Music Magazine’s award winning Music Technology Journalist.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a BS In Music Composition, he has studied counterpoint privately with Dr. Hugo Norden of Boston University, and orchestration with Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Albert Harris.

He’s coordinated beta test teams for the Vienna Symphonic Library and co-produced the Modern Symphonic Orchestra orchestral sample library for Creative Labs. As a media researcher he’s done studies showing geodemographical radio station listening patterns by day part, and in working with renown radio programmer Jack McCoy’s RAM Research he laid the research foundation for what later became Arbitron Information on Demand. He’s currently under contract to produce library music for film and TV.


What You’re Provided
First, you get 8 downloadable Mini-Video Lectures in QuickTime .mov format, where each technique taught has its own lecture. After going through a mini-lecture you’ll create one or more original works applying what you just learned.

Second, you get a downloadable PDF booklet containing all 12 score excerpts.

You get timings to locate the examples on the respective MP3s available free from the Bruckner Society of America.

You get a worksheet linking you to YouTube live performances of all 8 symphonies.

Through the auspices of the Bruckner Society of America, you get downloadabe PDF copies of all 8 Bruckner symphonies in the Eulenberg edition.

And finally, you get links to download from MP3s of the specific movements being used.

What You Need
You will absolutely need the 70th Anniversary Edition of the Spectrotone Chart. If you have not yet gone through the Visual Orchestration Courses, you’re encouraged to do so to get the most out of Scoring Stages: Bruckner and Span of Orchestration, but it's not a prerequisite to taking this course.

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