The Music Of JC Harris

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Na Báid : Orchestration

The Boats is specifically designed to be played by a modest complement; typical of community orchestras. For utmost economy, it is helpful if the winds can double on jazz band reeds as suggested below.

Pipe Organ
Community Organ or Harmonium
Hammond B-3
Accordion

2 Flutes (doubling Tin Whistles)
2 Clarinets
1 Bass Clarinet
2 Oboe
2 Bassoon
2 French Horn

Chamber Strings (6, 6, 4, 4, 2)

String Quartet

Harp

2 Percussionists:

  • Jazz Drum Kit
  • Vibraphone
  • Timpani
  • Gran Casa
  • Bodhrán
  • Irish Bones or Spoons
  • Congas, Shakers
  • Triangle
  • Chimes

Pianoforte (doubles on Synthesizer and Hammond B3)

Electric Guitar (doubles on Flattop Guitar and Banjo)

Electric Guitar (doubles on Mandolin)

Electric Bass (doubles on second Electric Guitar)

16 Voice Choir

Placement

The following diagram demonstrates the suggested placement:


Choir


Perc2
Drums
Perc1
Harmonium/Accordion
B3 Organ
Gtr1
Gtr2
Woodwinds
Harp
Cb
2nd Vln
Pianoforte
Vlc
1st Vln
Vla

Performance Notes

  1. The drum screens are not mandatory but have been found to be helpful. The main goal is to achieve separation and isolation between the ‘rock’ and ‘orchestral’ instruments.
  2. To that end, amplification should be minimal. The general rule is that each amplifier should be considered a ‘section’ and as such should never be louder than any other section. The bass amplifier should be placed at stage center. The two guitar amps should be placed stage left and right respectively. The synthesizer should have stereo amplifiers, also placed stage left and right.
  3. For Hammond B3, drawbar settings, Leslie speed changes and other settings are indicated. If necessary, it is acceptable to substitute a synthesizer. However care must be taken to match the specified sounds as closely as possible.

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