One instrument that doesn’t get enough credit is viola, which despite having a lovely distinct* tone is typically buried in the inner voices of an orchestral texture. Sound aside, violists are so grateful for the limelight than writing for them is unusually gratifying. I remember one session where I’d written a solo for the principal viola, and between takes hearing a lone voice shout, “Thank you!”
In this week’s moody suspense cue, I gave first foreground melody to the violas and put the violins on support duty with a high keening pedal. The flavor of the tune is a little more subtle and mysterious than if I’d assigned it to violins or celli.
* (And to my imagination, kind of dark orange.)
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