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SISTER ACT Orchestrations

Josh Freilich
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SISTER ACT Orchestrations#1
Posted: 6/3/09 at 12:02am
I never got an answer as to what instruments SISTER ACT was written for?
Does anyone have the programme that says the instruments?
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#2
Posted: 6/3/09 at 3:01am
MD
Keyboards 1
Keyboards 2
Guitars
Bass Guitar/Double Bass
Drums
Percussion
Alto Sax/Flute/Clarinet
Tenor Sax/Flute/Clarinet
Baritone Sax/Bass Clarinet/Clarinet/Bassoon
Trumpet/Flugelhorn 1
Trumpet/Flugelhorn 2
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Violin
Viola
Cello
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#2
Posted: 6/3/09 at 3:34pm
Yes! Doug put the strings in! (the strings weren't there in the two American tryouts, and the orchestra was a little smaller)
The strings are an essential part of the disco instrumentation!

This sounds great already! Thanks!
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#3
Posted: 6/5/09 at 11:46am
And by the way... how many strings are there?

Is it one violin/viola/cello each?
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#4
Posted: 6/6/09 at 2:12pm
Yep.

it's a great sound in the theatre - very punchy with a good bass. The music team have worked very hard on the score and sound!
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#5
Posted: 6/6/09 at 2:21pm
Is it usual for a show to have such a large music team? There are people credited for Orchestrations, Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Dance Music Arranger & Electronic Music Designer. It has always interested me what each of these people does? Anyone want to shed some light?

Re Doug Besterman's orchestrations ... to make an orchestra play such an eclectic score - from disco to liturgical to showtunes - is incredibly difficult and he should definitely be applauded for his work.
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#6
Posted: 6/6/09 at 3:30pm
Is it usual for a show to have such a large music team? There are people credited for Orchestrations, Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Dance Music Arranger & Electronic Music Designer. It has always interested me what each of these people does? Anyone want to shed some light?

Yep... there's been known to be larger!

The musical supervisor oversees everything usually and is in charge of everything, the MD obviosuly MD's the show and

The dance music arranger arranges the music for the dance numbers/breaks (however many there are) and the Electronic Music Desginer basically finds all the synthy type sounds to make it sound disco and mixes them into the normal sound

pretty straight forward really
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#7
Posted: 6/6/09 at 3:40pm
I would've thought the orchestrator would find the "synthy type sounds".
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re: SISTER ACT Orchestrations#8
Posted: 6/9/09 at 5:23pm
Yeah, like the "Simmons Drums" or the organ in TAKE ME TO HEAVEN.
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