The Peculiarities of Orchestration in Compositions for Parade Ground Concerts of Wind Bands: The Present-Day State of the Problem

Andrey A. Nisenbaum, Olga V. Sobakina


The article examines the main structural elements of parade ground concerts, including compositions of various genres and styles which affect the musical stage dramaturgy and the peculiarities of orchestration of the musical set of the program. Very frequently in programs of parade ground concerts the attention of the audiences is drawn towards musical compositions of a pronounced national character, as well as the use of folk instruments, which supplement the program with a special color and emphasize the characteristic features of the performance of a wind band of any particular country. Basing himself on his own experience and on the study of parade ground concerts performed by wind bands in Russia and in European countries, the author has analyzed and formulated the main techniques and principles of orchestration of various elements of orchestral textures, examined the particular features of their interaction, and has highlighted the tessitura principle of the inner organization of the wind band as the predominating element for the preparation and performance of musical compositions in a program of a parade ground concert. In addition, the general and particular peculiarities of orchestration intrinsic to wind music are emphasized here, and some regularities of use of orchestral means are determined.

Keywords: wind band, parade ground concert, orchestration, scores, march parade, texture, tessitura

For citation: Nisenbaum A. A., Sobakina O. V. The Peculiarities of Orchestration in Compositions for Parade Ground Concerts of Wind Bands: The Present-Day State of the Problem. In: Sovremennye problemy muzykoznaniya / Contemporary Musicology, 2023, no. 4, pp. 104–121. (In Russ.)


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