For the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Professional Orchestration: A Practical Handbook by composer Joseph Wagner, we’ve been doing a major overhaul of the book including having composer friends of mine orchestrating eleven bars from a piece by Chabrier called Bourree Fantasque.

Besides myself, two other composers have gotten their examples in: Billy Martin and David O’Rourke. Reading through their scoring approach has been so instructive. All three of us came up with some things similar, but many things different. It’s great to see that in the age of sample libraries that scoring insights still live.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Bourree Fantasque and have a go at it. How would you score it?

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