high wind (flute, dizi, soprano saxophone, oboe, shakuhachi, etc.), high bowed string (erhu, violin, sarangi, kamancheh,) other melody instrument (viola, pipa, electric guitar, alto or tenor sax, clarinet), drum set (tabla, dumbeck, congas, frame drum, or other: adapt part.), keyboard (zheng, harp, yang chin, accordion, synthesizer), classical guitar (amplified) or electric guitar (GR-33 synth optional), guitar 2 [optional part] (classical, steel-string, electric, zhongruan, tar), 4-string bass guitar or other bass (electric, acoustic or guitarron; contrabass clarinet, bassoon, sax)
Explanation of the instrumentation string
Guitar(s) and other plucked instruments
contrabass clarinet (or double bass clarinet)
contrabassoon (or double bassoon)
double bass (or contra bass)
The standard, accepted order of instrumentation for large ensembles: fl.ob.cl.bsn - hn.tpt.trbn.tba - perc - other - vlnI.vlnII.vla.vlc.db - tape, or electronics. Saxophones appear between clarinet and bassoon.
All other scorings (less than 8 instruments) are listed in full.
When an instrument is listed in parentheses, then this instrument is doubled. "guitar (=electric guitar)" means that the guitarist plays an acoustic, as well as an electric guitar. In an orchestral setting, "1(I=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).1" would resolve to: 1 flute (also playing piccolo), 2 oboes (second oboe also playing cor anglais), 2 clarinets (second clarinet also playing bass clarinet), 1 bassoon. If there is an extra instrument, which is not doubled, then this is expressly written out, e.g. "1(I=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.1.dbn", which unravels to: 1 flute (also playing piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 double bassoon.
Solo instruments in a concerto or chamber setting are written out in front of the ensemble instruments: guitar - 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 - perc - strgs.
Guitar in the Ensemble
Although conceived of for a mixed Asian and Western ensemble, several, quite different, core ensembles could be used. For example, an amplified band: soprano sax, electric violin, 3 electric guitars, drum set, synthesizer and electric bass; an "intercultural" band: shakuhachi, kamancheh, clarinet, dumbeck, accordion, classical guitar, zhonruan, and guitarron. The first version was performed on dizi, erhu, pipa, drum set, zheng, classical guitar, zhongruan, and electric bass.
- John Oliver (source: composer homepage)