Following many of the titles in our Wind Ensemble catalog, you will see a set of numbers enclosed in square brackets, as in this example:
The first number stands for Flute, the second for Oboe, the third for Clarinet, the fourth for Bassoon, and the fifth (separated from the woodwinds by a dash) is for Horn. Any additional instruments (Piano in this example) are indicated by «w/» (meaning «with») or by using a plus sign.
Sometimes there are instruments in the ensemble other than those shown above. These are linked to their respective principal instruments with either a «d» if the same player doubles the instrument, or a «+» if an extra player is required. Whenever this occurs, we will separate the first four digits with commas for clarity. Thus a double reed quartet of 2 oboes, english horn and bassoon will look like this:
- Duo – Flute Clarinet – or [1010-0]
- Trio – Flute, Oboe Clarinet – or [1110-0]
- Quartet – Flute, Oboe, Clarinet Bassoon – or [1111-0]
- Quintet – Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon Horn – [or 1111-1]
Brass Instrumentation Codes
Following many of the titles in our Brass Ensemble catalog, you will see a set of five numbers enclosed in square brackets, as in this example:
The bracketed numbers tell you how many of each instrument are in the ensemble. The first number stands for Trumpet, the second for Horn, the third for Trombone, the fourth (separated from the first three by a dot) for Euphonium and the fifth for Tuba. Any additional instruments (Tympani in this example) are indicated by a «w/» (meaning «with») or by using a plus sign.
Thus, the Copland Fanfare shown above is for 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, no Euphonium, 1 Tuba and Tympani. Continue reading «The bracketed numbers tell you the precise instrumentation of the ensemble»