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Topic: Influential orchestration/compositions

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    Influential orchestration/compositions

    I want to hear peoples opinions on what they think are the most influential orchestrations/composition for yourself as a composer or in general compositions.

    I’ll start off by saying that Gustav Holst’s “Mars” is a very influential orchestration mainly because of its military rhythms pulses that can be heard in many modern film compositions that require battle scene

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    Re: Influential orchestration/compositions

    beethoven's 5th symphony + 5th piano concerto

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    Re: Influential orchestration/compositions

    I've had pages of the Rite Of Spring score stapled together into a big suit that I wear at all times. I have a matching hat too.

    The Rite is music-year-zero for me.


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    Another vote for the Rite of Spring... also, regarding orchestration, Ravel has managed to turn my world upside down. Repeatedly.

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    I'd like to have a little bit of those composers:

    Stravinsky "Rite of spring", "Petrouchka" "The Firebird"
    Debussy "trois nocturnes", "L'aube a l'apres-midi d'un faune", "La mer"
    Ravel "Le tombeau de Couperin" "Concerto for the left hand", "Concerto in G major"
    Holst "The planets"
    Tschaikowski "The Nutcracker"
    Dukas "The sorcecer's apprentice"
    Also the last work of Bartok


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    Re: Influential orchestration/compositions

    Anything by Mahler, Ravel, or Debussy. Almost anything by Holst, Shostakovich or Prokofiev. Several things by Copland, Barber, or Takemitsu.
    Dan Powers

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Well, I don't or haven't studied orchestration formally but to the degree i try to emulate things, Symphonie Fantastique, Petroushka, Firebird, The Planets, Pictures At An Exhibition (the Ravel version), Scheherazade and of course the Beethoven 5th and 9th are all bits of the basic repetiore that come to mind as big influences and great learning tools...

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    Lets not forget Mahler's symphonies.

    I have to say that Beethoven's Late String Quartet and Bach's Art of the Fugue are at the top of brilliance in regard to compositions.

    I am also very fond of the music of Hovhaness.

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    Re: Influential orchestration/compositions

    Anything from Ravel - so many orchestration gems in each work.
    Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra - composition and orchestration mastery.
    Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony - No turning back, I HAD to write orchestral music after hearing this one. I waited by the mailbox until the score arrived

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    Re: Influential orchestration/compositions

    Debussy, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Goldsmith, Morricone, Jimmy Page.

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