Take the following phrase and place it in both the strong and weak registers of each woodwind. You may transpose as needed (N.B. if you transpose, you must transpose the entire phrase, not just a few notes).
Compose a short monophonic melodic phrase (no more than 4 measures) and create a doubling of any two woodwinds utilizing the strong/weak range relationship. Explain the effect you are attempting to create.
For example, flute and oboe one octave apart, or clarinet and flute 2 octaves apart, or clarinet and flute in unison.
orchestrate a single chord (either major or minor) for a woodwind ensemble, including any (realistic) combination of the instruments we have discussed here up to, and including:
- 2 flutes
- 2 oboes
- cor anglais
- 2 clarinets
- bass clarinet
- 2 bassoons
Tell us what "mood" that chord is supposed to convey (happy? sad? scary? woodsy? artsy? fartsy? etc...)
The goal of this exercise is not to "compose" a chord that renders the feeling you are looking for, but to take a simple 3-note chord and ORCHESTRATE it to render that feeling.
(as per the instructions, a MAJOR or MINOR chord.. in other words, a simple 3-note chord. Do not get "creative" and toss in a cluster or other dissonant harmonic construct. This exercise is meant to force you to consider the TIMBRE of the instruments you are using, to understand that you can give different "feelings" by allowing certain of those instrumental timbres to dominate a texture.)