NEW SCORE Toronto Ravel has come a long way in almost 5 years of meeting. We have studied scores by Maurice Ravel, John Williams, Aaron Copland and Don Davis. We have had dozens of fascinating guests.
Our next study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.
For us at Toronto Ravel, “The Planets” is a lexicon of orchestration tools that is indispensable for the modern composer. This is picture and emotion painting at its best, and Holst gives us easy access to all of his essential techniques.
SCORES It is highly recommended that you acquire a copy of the score. At around $25, it is quite affordable, and having it will greatly enrich the study experience. Available at amazon.ca, Remenyi Music, and other outlets.
Please join us.
NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment. Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.