Podcast #4:Oboe

This is the fourth in a series of podcasts designed to help both students and teachers get to know and write for some of the less commonly used instruments in the orchestra.  The oboe is a member of the woodwind family.  It is terrific at playing a slow melodic line, but is also of playing staccato as well as legato, comically as well as seriously.  Listen to some of the excerpts contained within this podcast and you’ll get some ideas  for ways of composing for this versatile instrument.


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Oboe podcast

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Podcast #3: Bassoon

This is the third in a series of podcasts designed to help both students and teachers get to know and write for some of the less commonly used instruments in the orchestra.  The bassoon is a member of the woodwind family.  It is capable of playing the bass line, but also of taking on a number of different roles within any ensemble from mysterious singer to clown.  Listen to some of the excerpts contained within this podcast and you’ll get some ideas  for ways of composing for this versatile instrument.

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Bassoon podcast

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Podcast #2: Viola

This is the second in a series of podcasts designed to help both students and teachers get to know and write for some of the less commonly used instruments in the orchestra.  The viola is a wonderfully versatile member of the string family in the mid-range between violin and cello that too often gets overlooked.  Listen to some of the excerpts contained within this podcast and you’ll gain a new respect (and maybe some ideas of your own for composing) for this fascinating instrument.

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Viola main points

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Podcast #1: Contrabass

This podcast is the first in a series designed to help composition students and teachers feel more comfortable writing for individual instruments and ensembles.  The emphasis in these podcasts is on lesser-known and lesser-used instruments.  In this first podcast we focus on the contrabass, also known as string bass or double bass.  Listen to find out some of the wonderful things it can do and some of the ways you can use it in a composition.

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