Music Arrangers on Music Theory

Music Arrangers writing on Music Theory

String Quintet Arranging Case Study

We got an interesting assignment (from a previous client), requesting an arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, "aria"-style, after Puccini's Nessun Dorma, for voice, string quartet and piano. The opening bars of the famous aria have an … [Read more...]

Orchestral Arranging Case Study

Composer Mark Lucas sent a recording to us, wanting to hear it arranged for orchestra. The song, sung rubato in wordless melody over strummed guitar accompaniment, showed terrific pitch and heartfelt emotion. It’s a work of passion, as you … [Read more...]

What makes a great arrangement?

A question often asked is - what makes a great arrangement?It's great if it's written with the lyric and against the melody (has oppositional countermelodies), and organic reharmonization of the original chords."With the lyric" … [Read more...]