Ochestration and Arranging

Course Details

Course Number: 3662  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Fain Hall

Classroom Number: C117A

Days & Times:

MUSC 3662 Orchestration

 

Course Number:     MUSC 3662 Orchestration

Section Number:    201

Location:               FA C117 A

Class Time: 10:00-10:50 AM

Instructor:             Dr. Tim Justus                             FA C117F

                             397-4502                          timothy.justus@mwsu.edu

Course Description:

MUSC 3662 is the study of techniques of scoring and part editing and extraction for orchestra, and instrumental and vocal ensembles, with attention given to arranging for school ensembles.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you should know the fundamentals of orchestration for all families of instruments and their ranges and transpositions, and have developed skills resulting in the ability to orchestrate for instrumental, vocal and mixed ensembles, especially for school ensembles, and extract readable parts for performance, and to produce in a short time, an arrangement for a specified ensemble.

 

Textbook and Materials Required:

Three Ring Binder for handout materials

 

Highly Recommended: Essential Dictionary of Orchestration by Dave Black and Tom Gerou - ($8.99) ISBN  10 0739000217/ISBN 13 9780739000212

 

Class Activities:

  • Listening
  • Score examination
  • Score Preparation
  • Part Extraction

Course Evaluation:

Evaluation of student will be through short orchestration assignments, score preparation, project completion, and examination.

 

33% Three Examinations will average to 33% of the final grade

33% Three Orchestration Projects will average to 33% of the grade

33% Score Preparation, Part Extraction will average to 33%of the grade

 

Exams questions will consist of short answer and identification, transposition, short scoring examples, terms including foreign language terms, chord progression, etc.

 

 

 

Projects will consist of three short orchestration projects: (Details for the project will be given at the time of assignment)

  1. Scoring a folk song setting for small band
  2. Scoring a popular song for small jazz ensemble OR scoring a popular song for vocal ensemble and rhythm section, for vocal majors
  3. Transcription of a piano work for small orchestra or band

Grading Scale

90-100-A

  80-89-B

  70-79-C

  60-69-D

   0 -69-F

 

The following rubric will be used for evaluating scores:

 

 

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Unsatisfactory

 

100

90

80

70

60

Score

“Publication” ready,  score order,  clean, readable, centered on the page, all dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc. complete and ready for performance

 

Nearly publication ready, clean and readable, with all dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc. complete and ready for performance

Useable but not publication ready, incomplete or inaccurate with regard to dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc., not ready for performance

Incomplete or inability to extract playable parts

Not useable,  incomplete, inability to extract parts

Parts

Publication ready, edited, for performance, without errors

 

Very nearly publication ready, edited and capable of presenting a performance with minimal performer editing for accurate performance

Not publication ready, largely unedited and requiring substantial editing by performers for accurate performance

Incomplete or requiring extensive  editing

Incomplete of unable to be extracted due to the inaccuracy of the score

Notation

Software manipulation to a high (professional) level, or handwritten score of extremely high quality

Software manipulation to a high amateur level or handwritten score of readable quality

Software manipulation at a novice level or handwritten score of medium quality

Software manipulation below novice level or handwritten score requiring revision

Inability to sufficiently manipulate software to create score, or handwritten score not readable or incomplete 

Accuracy

All pitches and rhythms correct and all chord changes correct and properly notated

All pitches and rhythms correct and all chord changes correct and properly notated

90% pitches  rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

80% pitches, rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

70% or fewer pitches, rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

Creativity

Arrangement shows innovation and imagination beyond  note for note transcription

Arrangement shows some innovation and creativity, and not merely transferred from the source score

Arrangement shows some creativity beyond transferred from source material

Arrangement shows little creativity beyond transference from source material

Arrangement demonstrates no creativity from source material

 

 

 

Student Honor Creed:

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

 

Attendance:

Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed s, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. 

 

Absences have consequences.

·        Individuals missing 10% of class may be denied the option for makeup exams or homework, even for missing a with an excuse.

·        In borderline grade cases, attendance will be considered a factor, for or against.

 

Excused absences include:

·        Attendance at authorized off-campus activities or functions.

·        Confinement to a university or other health facility when a written excuse is provided.

·        Absences incurred due to illness, documented by a doctor’s excuse. Exams and class-work missed during a period of excused absence must be made up the week following the absence.

 

Special Needs:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Privacy Statement:

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.

 

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.

Suggested Reading:

Suggested books on Orchestration

Adler, Samuel. Orchestration.

Blatter, Alfred. Instrumentation/Orchestration.

Rogers, Bernard. The Art of Orchestration.

 

Historical - and still good - books on Orchestration

Berlioz, Hector. Treatise of Instrumentation.

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai. Principles of Orchestration.

 

Suggested books on Notation

Donato. Preparing Music Manuscript.

Vinci. Fundamentals of Traditional Musical Notation.

Williams. Music Preparation: A Guide to Music Copying.

 

 

Scores

 


Violin

Bach Chaconne
Bartok Sonata
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Paganini Caprices
Debussy Sonata in G min

 

Viola

Berio Folk Songs
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Yuasa Revealed Time

 

Cello

Bach Cello Suites
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto
Debussy Sonata in D min

 

String Quartet

Beethoven No. 131
Debussy
Ravel
Bartok No. 4

 

Bass

Schubert Death and the Maiden
Stravinsky Pulcinella

 

 

 

String Orchestra

Takemitsu Requiem; Dorian Horizon
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Flute

Varese Density 21.5
Boulez Sonatine
Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

 

Oboe

Stravinsky Firebird

 

English Horn

Dvorak New World Symphony
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

Clarinet

Copland Clarinet Concerto
Mahler Symphony No. 1

 

 

Bass Clarinet

Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Dobrian Parable

 

Bassoon

Stravinsky Rite of Spring; Petrushka (Contra)

 

 

Woodwind Quintet

Ligeti Ten Pieces ML128.C4 P5

 

Piano

Bartok Mikrokosmos
Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Stravinsky Petrushka
Ravel Piano Concerto

 

Harp

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

 

Celesta

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

 

Vibraphone

Boulez Le marteau sans maitre
 

 

Marimba

Berio Circles
Dobrian Now and Then

 

Timpani

Carter Etudes
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 & 9
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

 

Bass Drum

Stravinsky Rite of Spring

 

Percussion

Varese Ionisation
Berio Circles
 

Guitar

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Sor Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Villa-Lobos Etudes
Tarrega Capricho Arabe

 

Jazz Ensemble

Ellington Ko-ko

 

Texture

Debussy La Mer
Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Ligeti Atmospheres
Ligeti Lontano
Xenakis Pithoprakta


 

Recordings

 


Violin

Bach Chaconne
Bartok Sonata
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Paganini Caprices
Debussy Sonata in G min

 

 

 

Viola

Berio Folk Songs
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Yuasa Revealed Time

 

'Cello

Bach Cello Suites
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto
Debussy Sonata in D min

 

String Quartet

Beethoven No. 131
Debussy
Ravel
Bartok No. 4

 

Bass

Schubert Death and the Maiden
Stravinsky Pulcinella

 

String Orchestra

Takemitsu Requiem; Dorian Horizon
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

 

Flute

Boulez Sonatine
Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

 

Oboe

Stravinsky Firebird

 

English Horn

Dvorak New World Symphony
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

 

Clarinet

Copland Clarinet Concerto
Mahler Symphony No. 1

 

Bass Clarinet

Stravinsky Rite of Spring
 

Bassoon

Stravinsky Rite of Spring; Petrushka (Contra)

 

Woodwind Quintet

Ligeti Ten Pieces

 

Piano

Bartok Mikrokosmos
Stravinsky Petrushka
Ravel Piano Concerto

 

Harp

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

 

Celesta

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

 

Vibraphone

Boulez Le marteau sans maitre
 

Marimba

Berio Circles
 

Timpani

Carter Etudes
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 & 9
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

 

Bass Drum

Stravinsky Rite of Spring

 

Percussion

Varese Ionisation
Berio Circles
 

Guitar

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Sor Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Villa-Lobos Etudes
Tarrega Capricho Arabe

 

Jazz Ensemble

Ellington Ko-ko

Texture

Debussy La Mer
Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Ligeti Atmospheres
 


 



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Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

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