This orchestral wind course takes an in-depth look at the individual members of the clarinet, bassoon and saxophone families. Continue your studies of the wind section with professional orchestrator and instructor Thomas Goss!
Now that you've mastered the upper winds in the Orchestration 103 course, it's time to move to the clarinets, bassoons and saxophones. This course will teach you everything an orchestrator needs to know about these instruments, including their range, technique, and the role they play in the orchestra.
The course begins with a complete look at the clarinet family, including the A and B-flat clarinets, the bass clarinet, the E-flat clarinet, the bass horn and the contrabass clarinet. Next, Thomas takes a detailed look at an occasional (but very significant) addition to the wind section: the saxophones. You learn about the history and characteristics of the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and you discover how they differ from other wind instruments.
In the next section, Thomas covers every member of the lowest standard woodwind family, the bassoon and contrabassoon. You will learn why the bassoon is much more than just a bass instrument for the wind section. The course closes with essential tips to help you with your orchestration studies.
So join composer and orchestrator Thomas Goss in this course, and discover the fascinating world of the clarinet, bassoon and saxophone instruments!
The entire Orchestration Series from Thomas Goss is outstanding. He has clearly put a lot of work into it and he uses quite an extensive number of examples to make his point. He describes the strength and weaknesses of each instrument in great detail. I particularly like the chapters on the orchestral role where he discusses how to apply the instrument in an orchestral context, which instruments can be doubled up and how that technique can be used to get the tone you are looking for. I am really looking forward to the courses covering the remaining sections of the orchestra.
Andrew wrote on June 12, 2020
The BEST series I've watched here in MPV... So beautifully done, thank you!
Raphael wrote on January 13, 2020
great orchestration courses by Thomas Goss, a lot of useful information!