Class Ensemble Project Assignment 2 — Full Score MUS 111 Syllabus   MUS 111 Schedule   William Wieland
Complete a full score (transposed). Experts will make suggestions before you extract parts. I expect some creativity. You won’t receive an A if you simply transpose an SATB hymn. Consider the class ensemble as a pool of instruments from which you can draw solos, duets, trios, etc. Use unique instrumental combinations, various doublings (unisons, octaves, P15s) and different registers. Consider using mutes, different simultaneous articulations, melodies in parts other than the top line and extended techniques (provided the performers can play them). Experiment with different sounds on the computer.
Orchestrate musically. For example, choose “staccato instruments” for staccato sections. Orchestrate crescendos by gradually adding instruments. Highlight new sections or phrases with a new instrumentation. Use rests so both the performers and the music can breathe.
Ask, “What am I doing to the performers?” (Is it excruciatingly difficult?) and, “What am I doing for the performers?” (Is their part boring?)

We will perform these in class at the end of the semester. You will not perform on your own work but instead listen from an “audience seat”. You must score your piece for the entire ensemble (excluding yourself).
The Spring 2021 Class Ensemble:
  • Flute — Eden
  • Clarinet 1 — Megan, Therese, or Morgan
  • Clarinet 2 — Megan, Therese, or Morgan
  • Alto Sax — Cadin
  • Bassoon — Abby
  • Trumpet — Jen
  • Trombone — Noelle
  • Euphonium — Trapper
  • Violin — Cole
Other Students:
  • Librarians
  • Recording Technician
Instrumentation TipsPrintMusic! TipsScoring for Student EnsemblesTips from Frank Erickson's Arranging for the Concert Band

Approximate Choral Equivalents — Very Comfortable Concert Pitch Ranges
"High Soprano"Fl (might double the soprano an octave higher)
"Soprano"ClarinetOboeSop or Alto SaxTrumpetViolin
"Alto"ClarinetEnglish HornAlto SaxHornViolin or Viola
"Tenor"ClarinetBassoonTenor SaxTromboneViola or Cello
"Bass"Bass ClarinetBassoonBari SaxEuphoniumCello
"Low Bass"Tuba and Contrabass (might double the bass an octave lower)