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alainmayrand last won the day on August 13 2015

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  1. Hi. Now up to 11 in the Star Wars score studies. Here is #11: There is also a playlist for the Star Wars videos. And, at people's request, I have started to post some videos about my own scores, the first being from "The Legend of SilkBoy" Thanks! Alain
  2. Thanks for the comment. You are very welcome!
  3. In this case the woodwinds are really meant as decoration that will not be a foreground element. In this passage they are quite hard to hear for sure. It's not just you. As for hearing winds in a tutti, keep listening, you'll hear them. Alain Thank you! I was aiming for exactly that. So thank you! -Alain
  4. Star Wars Score Study Video #7 is up -Alain
  5. Hi, fourth one a bit overdue. Been busy writing, which is always a good thing! I took time to record a bunch of Star Wars Score Studies this morning, so they'll be coming steady for a bit. Thanks! Alain
  6. Hi, thanks for that. A few thoughts: In film scores the de facto is divisi. So if not written it could still be implied to be divisi. Doing a double stop louré would be tough as you state, and so is intonation on a double stopped 5th. The number of parts sold is not necessarily what would be used in concert, but we can generally assume a couple more players for violin 1 than violin 2. Still, the strings are organized in a way to create balance, but my experience with live orchestras (I was four years as composer-in-residence with an orchestra) is that violin 1 stands out more than violin 2. I don't think Williams was trying to be clever either. He is way beyond that stage. At some point, especially with string voicings with divisi, it could go a number of ways and you make a decision. This particular format is a good formula to go to. Thanks! Alain
  7. Oh wow. Thanks! That is indeed what I aim for when I teach! Direct, to the point, well-paced, clear and useful.
  8. Third video is up..with improved sound! Thanks! Alain
  9. Absolument! Je suis allé voir ton site FB sur John Williams. Thanks KK. Will do! ScoreClub has taken off really well, so thanks for taking a look. Lots more to come! Good questions! I think I'll address that and transposition in the next video! But I can say that interlocking is more important when writing for winds. Interlocking violin I and II has in theory no big effect on timbre since they are all the same instrument. However, having stood in front of an orchestra many times, I can tell you that violin II is softer than violin I. They have fewer players, yes, but usually by only 2, so that's not the reason. I think it could have something to do with the angle of the F holes, or even a matter of attitude. Take that for what it's worth, I certainly consider that reality when orchestrating for live vs. studio. Studio you have the tree angled differently than the conductor's ears, and you have spot mics. But the actual answer is: it doesn't matter. Alain
  10. The reason for all those transpositions has to do with the history of the trumpet and French Horn. Before the inclusion of valves, natural horns could only play in one key and required to either have extra pieces of tubing added or complete other instruments in order to play in various keys. John Williams here is using the standard orchestral brass. Trumpet in C is more common than Bb however, but otherwise, it's not a specific choice for this music.
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