On That Note: Classical Arrangements

Oct 1, 2018

When people think about the concept of arrangements in music (if they do at all), they often it in the folk music world, in which an arranger takes a piece of music from the folk canon and arranges it for an instrument. But arrangements have an important place in the classical music universe, as well.

Each month, we speak with contributor Robert Cohen about the work of a touring classical musician in a feature called “On That Note.” For October, Cohen spoke with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North about why arrangements are so important in classical music.

"It brings to my attention how important the arranger really is in filling the whole space, making the musical experience something quite wonderful," he says.