Composer Interviews


Upcoming seminar - The Composer / Orchestrator Collaboration with Ned Ginsburg

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

Attention Melbourne composers!

Join Hollywood composer/arranger Ned Paul Ginsburg for a close examination of the relationship between composing and orchestrating, as it relates to commercial work in musical theatre, film, television and live concerts.

Ned will present several “before and after” scores from Broadway and Hollywood highlighting the adjustments and enhancements that an orchestrator can bring to a songwriter’s or scoring composer’s work. Topics will include:

  • The necessary background and training for entering the profession

  • Writing for ensembles large and small; for drums and guitar; for background choral singers

  • Reducing scores from one configuration to another

  • Working from lead sheets, piano parts and/or demos

  • Integrating synthesizers with orchestral sounds

  • Transcription and transposition

  • Orchestrating one's own compositions - when does one hat go on and the other off?

Ned will demonstrate the relationship between composing and orchestrating through “before and after” examples of work on various projects in film, television and live theatre, including, for Liza Minnelli/Phil Ramone; Elliot Goldenthal (the Oscar-nominated score to the Warner Bros. film “Michael Collins”); and "Galavant" for ABC TV (Alan Menken, composer/Executive Producer). Also included, “Aladdin” (currently on Broadway and in London), and “Wonder Pets” (Nickelodeon cartoon, worldwide). While Ned has plenty of personal composing to his credit, the emphasis will be on the professional, commercial arena of orchestration and arranging.

Persons who might benefit would include composers learning to orchestrate their own music; aspiring orchestrators; songwriters or lyricists and other musical theatre folk eager to get perspective on the transformation of piano accompaniment into orchestrated accompaniment; musicians of any nationality wanting to learn what the American system of music-making is all about!

Date: Thursday 8th August Time: 6pm - 8:30pm Venue: APRA, 3-5 Sanders Pl, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia Cost: No charge and includes complimentary drinks & light supper Book: Please email or RSVP via our website here. You are welcome to bring a guest.

UPDATE! - I'm afraid we are fully booked for Ned’s talk! Ned travels to Australia regularly so we hope to have him back soon to give another talk soon

The AGSC thank APRA-AMCOS and Create NSW for their kind support, and we hope to see you all there!

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