Orchestra vs Wind Band

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rainbowboy023, Feb 23, 2011.

Do you prefer orchestra or wind band

  1. Orchestra

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    45.5%
  2. Wind Band

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    54.5%
  1. rainbowboy023

    rainbowboy023 Pianissimo User

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    Which do you like better? Assuming that both have players of the same skill level and dedication, which would you like better, wind band or orchestra?

    For me, I like wind band better because of the balance of timbres (more varied) and the melody rather than always being given to one instrument (like strings in orchestra) is shared and rotated between all the instruments in the ensemble and the literature is much more varied and diverse.
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    For me, your question is almost like asking "What color Porsche do you like best?" As long as it is a Porsche I'll like it just fine, thank you! I give a slight nod to the orchestra. I find the addition of strings to a wind band adds a lot of nifty colors and texture, saxophones and baritone horns are added only as needed (not often, but when they are they get some cool parts to play!) and the history and repertoire is richer. I find the concept of one wind player per part lends itself to easier mind-melding within and across sections.

    As an added bonus, it is much easier to annoy violists in an orchestra, unless they are in the audience at a band concert.

    Both are good.
     
  3. B15M

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    I like both. If everything were equal, I would go with band. I like the band arrangements more.

    All that being said, it's hard to find a good band and there are a lot of good orchestras around.
     
  4. bumblebee

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    I'm probably treating this fairly simplistically, but what do you get if you add strings and woodwind, and some more percussion to a brass band? An Orchestra! And so that new super-band can play everything the brass band could, as well as all the other stuff around by "switching on" the new players. And from time to time you switch off the brass section for certain passages. :-)

    Also consider -- is the Dallas Wind Symphony a band or an orchestra?

    --bumblebee
     
  5. tobylou8

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    I actually prefer Concert band, but that wasn't a choice (;-)).
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The balance of timbre is NOT more varied in band.

    Both have equal possibilities for expression. It takes a lot longer to learn to play the fiddle than it does the sax. That means that an amateur wind band can have less "marinal" players than an amateur orchestra.
     
  7. rainbowboy023

    rainbowboy023 Pianissimo User

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    "I actually prefer Concert band, but that wasn't a choice (;-))." -tobylou08

    That actually brings up an interesting question, for you wind band lovers out their, do you prefer a smaller 40 to 50 wind ensemble that's usually 1 max 2 per part or a larger up to a 100 person concert band that may have up to 3 or 4 or even 5 in the woodwind section per part? I personally like a smaller wind ensemble better.
     
  8. tobylou8

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    For me, bigger is better. Could be that's what I'm used to and I lean towards loud and raucous.
     
  9. rainbowboy023

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    Not to hijack this thread, but I've notice that on peoples posts there is a title like new friend, pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, or ultimate user, what do those mean, does it have to do with how many post you've made?
     
  10. tobylou8

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    Yes. There is NO correlation between knowledge and post count. Some of us just like to rant. It's your post so hijack away! :thumbsup:
     

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