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