by Professor Alan Belkin

Lesson 1A - Transcribing a Piano Accompaniment

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Comments from Professor Belkin on Example No. 1:

Things to note here:

1) the melody is in a different timbre from the piano.
2) the piano part LOOKS like it is only one line, but actually there are several. In particular, the bass forms an important counterpoint to the oboe melody.
3) the piano part gets thicker for the crescendo at the end.
4) the piano part would normally be played with pedal. To orchestrate this requires some way of recreating that resonance;the orchestra, afer all, has no pedal!

Assignment: Orchestrate this example for solo oboe and strings.

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©Alan Belkin, 2006