It’s a big chart with the whole orchestra, including muted brass and the saxes, on the same page. So it’s for any style of music I want to write in.

It’s organized by something like nine colors. The colors span the range of the instrument and indicate intensity. So the higher the musician plays up the harmonic overtone series, the more intense the sound and where the intensity changes there’s a new color.

That alone is a great help. But Lange has gone an additional step. Not all the instruments have all the colors. According to the little booklet that comes with it, these colors also symbolize blendability with other instruments. So where you have the range of Purple, for example, you can group all the instruments together to create combinations and doublings. On the other hand. you can write purple for one group then take a contrasting color like yellow and write something with those instruments.

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