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Orchestration 104 - Clarinets, Saxophones and Bassoons.
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The buzzy, reedy quality of the saxophone tends to get…
stay the same throughout the ranges and registers of all saxophones.
more pronounced the lower the pitch of the note and range of the instrument.
less pronounced the lower the pitch of the note and range of the instrument.
The contrabassoon’s projection…
can be easily swamped by the lower brass.
is about equal to the lower brass.
is louder than the lower brass.
The A clarinet…
has a much much darker sound than the B-flat clarinet.
is chiefly used for the ease of fingering sharp keys.
is just as prevalent an instrument as B-flat clarinet in all styles and levels of music.
is largely unnecessary in concert music scoring.
The lowest note of the tenor saxophone reaches…
an octave above the lowest note of the bassoon.
a minor 3rd below the lowest note of the viola.
a major 3rd below the lowest note of the viola.
an octave below the lowest note of the viola.
Clarinets don’t use vibrato in their normal approach to playing concert music. True or false?
The bassoon’s tone…
is richest in its middle register.
gains richness toward the bottom and loses richness toward the top of its range.
is equally rich throughout its range.
gains richness toward the top and loses richness toward the bottom of its range.
The best way to hold onto the information you’ve learned in this course is to…
watch this course over and over and don’t worry about anything else.
get an orchestration manual, score-read, and compose for musicians directly.
move quickly on to studying the brass section because woodwinds don’t matter.
The unison doubling of two exposed clarinets…
has a phased sound.
sounds cutting and trumpet-like.
blends together imperceptibly as a single tone.
The bassoon’s low register comprises 20 fundamental tones. True or false?
In Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the bass clarinet is often called upon to…
substitute for solo bassoon.
substitute for solo clarinet.
dove-tail a phrase from solo oboe.
substitute for solo English horn.
Bassoons sound great in alliances…
only with other members of the wind section.
with nearly every other instrument in the orchestra.
only with lower brass instruments like trombones and tubas.
only with lower string instruments like cellos and double basses.
The basset horn’s written notes sound…
down an octave like bass clarinet.
down a major 6th like alto clarinet and alto saxophone.
down a minor third like oboe d’amore.
down a perfect 5th exactly like the French horn and English horn.
A good rule of thumb in scoring orchestral saxophones is to…
avoid similar-sounding instruments when you want to highlight the part.
join with similar-sounding instruments for a less integrated texture.
use similar-sounding instruments when you want to highlight the part.
always treat saxophones as soloists and never try to blend them.
The E-flat clarinet should be used…
for its specific timbre in any given register.
for playing any high clarinet solo passage.
instead of piccolo flute wherever possible.
especially for its rich low register.
There are three individual families of orchestral woodwind instruments. True or false?
The clarinet’s low range…
is composed of highly compressed partials.
tends to be weaker and more wavering like the flute’s lower register.
has a smooth level of projection throughout.
tends to honkiness like the oboe’s lower register.
The contrabass clarinet sounds…
two octaves and a major 2nd lower than the B-flat clarinet.
a major 9th lower than the B-flat clarinet.
two octaves lower than the B-flat clarinet.
an octave and a major 6th lower than the B-flat clarinet.
Changeovers between bassoon and contrabassoon are relatively fast and simple. True or false?
Saxophones use a double-reed mouthpiece very much like a bassoon. True or false?
The jazz saxophone mouthpiece tends to make the instrument louder. True or false?
The German system of bass clef notation…
uses treble clef sounding down a major ninth, and is the preferred approach.
uses bass clef sounding down a major second, and is the preferred approach.
uses bass clef sounding down a major second, and should no longer be used.
uses bass clef sounding down a major ninth, and should no longer be used.
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