CREATING 'THE EMPEROR'S ORCHESTRA'
PATRIC STANDFORD's diary for this recent commission
<< Continued from last week
26 January 2001
An interesting problem. At one point the Emperor, who thinks the orchestra
makes its own music as it goes along, storms into one of their weary rehearsals
and demands some new music from first the flutes, then the oboe and so on.
After several unsatisfactory attempts, this has now become an aleatory section.
It works well, but has certainly lost me quite a bit of time in coming to
it. Ian Lavender has agreed to do the narration. I remember him well from
Dad's Army and more recently a number of successful pantomimes. Things
are now looking good.
5 February 2001
A good waltz yesterday and, in spite of wanting the day off for my birthday,
a pleasing march today. The end is in sight. Just a few bricks need re-arranging.
Sometimes it is simply the order of two or three little events that needs
changing for things to fall into place.
12 February 2001
Scoring completed this evening, with a great feeling of satisfaction.
It has to be alright -- too late to go back over it now. Orchestration is
a process I very much enjoy. The tough composition being done, it leaves
this wonderful jigsaw of colour to sort out and arrange. I copied the first
three pages of score to the computer and estimate from my pencil score another
sixty typeset pages to go. The aleatory bits will be time consuming. Can't
do any more until Wednesday, and have a completely free weekend ahead, so
an optimistic confidence swathes me!
Copyright © 22 May 2001
Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
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