Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer

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A Practical Guide to Writing and Sequencing for the Studio Orchestra, 2nd Edition

Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer, Second Edition provides effective explanations and illustrations to teach you how to integrate traditional approaches to orchestration with the use of the modern sequencing techniques and tools available to today’s composer. By covering both approaches, Pejrolo and DeRosa offer a comprehensive and multifaceted learning experience that will develop your orchestration and sequencing skills and enhance your final productions.

A leading manual on its subject, the second edition allows experienced composers and producers to be exposed to sequencing techniques applied to traditional writing and arranging styles. The book continues to provide a comprehensive and solid learning experience and has been fully revised to include the latest tools and techniques.

The new edition has been updated to include:


    • A new chapter on cover writing and sequencing for vocal ensembles


    • Coverage of writing for different ensemble sizes


    • A new final chapter on writing and production techniques for mixed contemporary ensembles.


  • All new techniques, tools, and sound libraries available to today’s composer.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - Basic Concepts for the MIDI Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator


Chapter 2 – Writing and Sequencing for Rhythm Section


Chapter 3 – Writing and Sequencing for the String Orchestra


Chapter 4 – Writing and Sequencing for the Woodwind Section


Chapter 5 – Writing and sequencing for the Brass Section


Chapter 6 – Writing and sequencing for Vocal Ensembles


Chapter 7 – Writing and sequencing for Vocal Ensembles and Other Final Considerations


Appendix A – Music Scores and examples


Andrea Pejrolo is the Assistant Chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as a composer, producer, music technology expert, audio engineer, and bassist. He is the author of Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production, Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer, and has written several articles for music magazines, including Sound On Sound Magazine, MacWorld, Computer Studio Magazine and Bass World Magazine. Andrea has extensive professional experience as a sound designer, audio engineer/producer, MIDI programmer, and composer for film, TV, theater, and multimedia. He is also an active presenter and lecturer for prestigious conferences such as AES and MacWorld.

Richard DeRosa is a Grammy-nominated composer and a professor at the University of North Texas and the director of jazz composition and arranging. His work in jazz includes writing and conducting for the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany and for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His work in theatre includes arrangements for A Bed and a Chair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway show After Midnight, orchestrations for Frankenstein - the Musical, and multiple original scores for the national touring company ArtsPower. Compositions for television include background music cues for Another World, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light. For film there are various documentaries broadcast on PBS, orchestrations for independent films Gray Matters, Falling For Grace, and Standard Time.

©2017, Paperback, 380 pages