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One of my key skills is arranging and orchestrating. I learned these skills during school and honed them during my BA (Hons) Popular Music & Record Production and my Masters of Music in Music Composition.
Basically, an Arranger will take an existing piece of music and “rearrange” it for maybe more instruments, less instruments aka a Piano Reduction for example or even a whole different set of instruments for a performance. This forum post gives a good explanation. An Orchestrator is similar to an arranger but instead they take bits from a composers drafts and basically carry on the piece/project, expanding it to an orchestra or other ensemble but maintain it within the style of the original composer. Sometimes a composer will maybe play music to the orchestrator and ask them to make it into a score. I can do that.
Anyway, I just wanted to show you an examples of my work on other people’s pieces then show you something I did!
So this example is my most popular arrangement/orchestration:
I Will Always Return Soundtrack Version (End Title) – by Bryan Adams
This piece was originally for Solo Tenor, Pop Band and Orchestra, I rearranged it for Harp and String Orchestra.
- I Will Always Return Soundtrack Version (End Title) – original piece by Bryan Adams Click here to listen to the original
- I Will Always Return Soundtrack Version (End Title) by Bryan Adams Arr. C. Waithe-Arnold
This was one I did for my masters:
De pas sur la neige – by Debussy
This piece was originally for solo piano. Not one of Debussy’s most interesting pieces but it wasn’t my choice… I expanded the piano score into an orchestral score and composed/arranged in the style of Debussy.
- Click for: De pas sur la neige – original piece by Debussy.
- De pas sur la neige – Orchestrated & Arr. by Catherine Waithe-Arnold
- Click here for my De pas sur la neige score – Orchestration by Catherine Waithe-Arnold
I do this kind of thing constantly in my work either when I do arrangements for the Worship band or something I’ve knocked up at the request of one of my students and I am thankful to Jesus for giving me the skills to do such a thing. It’s incredibly handy!
I thought I would show you how I compose. Basically, I compose by arranging and orchestrating my own music. So I work from a basic arrangement more often than not, me singing on with my guitar, then I expand that to orchestra + band or something else. Lets look at a few examples of my own work:
I Can’t Believe The Colour!
Originally for Acoustic Guitar and Soprano Solo:
- I Can’t Believe The Colour [Backing Track] – Orchestration & Arr. by Catherine Waithe-Arnold
I gave the backing track so you can just see what it is that I did with the instruments
Here’s me performing the full track:
So you see how everything comes together!
Now for another example!
I’m Only Human All Of The Time
Here’s the original! Again, for Soprano voice and Acoustic Guitar
Jesus gives me soo many good ideas! So I reworked this to be for Soprano voice and Piano ending up being this:
We Will Fall In Love
I wrote this song for friends, when I played harp at their wedding, it’s about two people who get married when they are middle aged but it still feels just as exciting as when they were young. Which is what happened to my friends!
With the help of my two guy friends it turned into a piece for Guitar, Soprano voice, Solo Elec guitar and Keyboard. Unreal!
The Herdsman’s Son and The Foundling
Again this song started out as me and my guitar
But then I thought I mustn’t be lazy and so I found something to hit, I got out my Irish Penny Whistle (yes that’s me playing, I wish I recorded me playing it lol) and my Harp (this is what sounds like an acoustic bass) and made it into a pop/folk arrangement, plus backing vox! Then I just overlaid it onto the audio from the video, so the audio was ripped from the video, added to, then put back. Processed to within an inch of it’s life… lol
Ok so last one! My Favourite one! 😛
I Hope The Neighbours Don’t See
Original version was for again Soprano voice (aka me) and Acoustic Guitar like 99% of my songs.
I then thought, I can do better! So Jesus helped me to do so! In case you’re wondering what on earth that song is about read this: Explaination of my song about sex!
So I decided to add some pop arrangement, plus some orchestral instruments (because I enjoy the sound of the orchestra and I am trained to arrange and orchestrate anyway) to it to make this: Pop/orchestral fusion, that’s my speciality. (Soprano Vox, Female Backing Vox, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Piano, String Orchestra)
Then afterwards I thought, you know what? I want to strip this back, back to my roots and love of soft, relaxing music, so I stripped it down to make a version String Orchestra, Piano, Soprano Vox and Female Backing Vox, This one is my favourite orchestration/arrangement.
Lots of love and Copyright © 2018 Catherine Waithe-Arnold 😛