Whether you want to understand the classic voicings of an arrangement from the 50s, or find your way to your personal own style, you need to know the techniques that combine instruments towards a common goal, that is, the good score.
You will walk through the possibilities and the boundaries of instruments and their combinations, understanding the differences between a score meant to be played live and one prepared for studio recording, whether it be for a full orchestra or a small combo.
You will need to learn how to write for pros and for students. Spectacular or easy scores, the results you are aiming to are in your hands, even before the musicians’ or the conductor’s.
The program will be crafted to your needs, starting from your current level. Music notation software will be used as well as paper and a pencil.
We will cover voicings, range of instruments and their nature, combinations of sections, roles of each section in an orchestration, scores interacting with soloists and singers, or “the-band-carries-the-ball” scores.
From the very beginning, attention will be given to the final printed look of your ideas, so that you will create neat charts, ready to play right away.
Arranging and doing orchestration is a wide field and, as in any other artistic discipline, only a tiny portion of it can be covered by learning its techniques. Most of the results depend on the student’s imagination, personality, fantasy, will to experiment, commitment.
Nonetheless, while you learn the techniques, you start to better understand the structure of an arrangement, and develop your own ideas.
Orchestration, not unlike composition, is a constant decision-making process. If you have the technique, your decisions gets on the score easily and before the idea is gone forever.
Tommaso Vittorini has a 40-year career in arranging and orchestrating. In his jazz experience, he started writing scores for big bands when he was 17 year old. At age 22, he was hired to work as an arranger/conductor for a year with one of Italy’s most renowned orchestras, the RAI Big Band in Milan, the in-house orchestra of the Italian National Broadcasting Network.
He worked as an arranger for music production and film scores, for TV and radio broadcasts and live music shows.
In his native country, Italy, he worked with many of the most acclaimed pop singers, assignments which led him to travel the World conducting and attending productions. Among the best orchestras he has worked with were the Milan Symphony Orchestra of RAI, the Mosfilm Orchestra in Moscow with the Small Choir of the Bolshoi, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Scuola Europea di Alto Perfezionamento of Saluzzo, and his own jazz-oriented Eliseo Big Band.
Tommaso Vittorini founded the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio in Rome and taught classes of saxophone, arrangement and band music for several years. The didactic material – scores, booklets – he created for the school is still widely used and many succesful arrangers have completed their courses following that path.