A question often asked is – what makes a great arrangement?

It’s great if it’s written with the lyric and against the melody (has oppositionalcountermelodies)and organic reharmonization of the original chords.

With the lyric” means the feeling of the accompaniment should reinforce the meaning of the lyric. Accompaniment is feeling, while the vocal line is a blend of meaning and feeling. It’s easy for an arranger to get wrapped up in the musical devices he’s exploring while forg...


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