What do the numbers mean?

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    Sid Humphreys on #151952

    Can someone please tell me what the numbers mean

    catherine-rogers on #151953

    This is the orchestration which shows how many of which instruments are needed to perform the piece. The number in parentheses after the title is the duration of the work. For example, the Bizet is 18 minutes long if played at the composer’s indicated tempo, and the movements are 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 4 minutes and 5 minutes in order.

    The numbers underneath are the instrumentation. Winds are first. For the Mussorgsky, you have 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets and 3 bassoons.

    Next are the brass: 4 (french) horns, 2 trumpets + 2 auxiliary, 3 trombones and 1 tuba.

    You have the standard timpani plus 4 extra instruments (check the score to see what those are; could be triangle, gong, bass drum, etc.).

    You have harp and the usual strings (violin, viola, cello and bass). At the end it has “percussion to be determined.”

    Sid Humphreys on #151954

    Thank you Catherine!

    Tacye on #151955

    My understanding is that timp + 4 is a request for one player on timps and then 4 percussionists to hit other things (Perc tbd or perc = sd (standard) here seeming to refer to which instruments are needed- four players can play far more than four instruments in that section).

    sherry-lenox on #151956

    I have used the David Daniels v.3 many, many times since purchasing it, and I have just ordered v.4. If you are the sort of person who finds listening enriched by the addition of score reading, it is a perfect companion.

    Briggsie B. Peawiggle on #151957

    I know David Daniels. I sang under his baton when I won a concerto competition at Oakland University several years ago. It was a pleasant musical experience.


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