I’m working on a project where it will be a good 'ole Battle of the Bands, in this case a full orchestra against a Jazz Big Band. It will be both one against the other but mostly working together in counterpoint. Output will all be mastered from samples, so time alignment needs to be strict with a MIDI output. What’s the best way to go about this?
- Combined vertical score
Makes it easy to compose and get the correct MIDI output. If this ever actually got performed it might be better to do two scores? Or alternate scores with Cues? It makes for a monster score regardless.
Best way to notate this? Just start with an orchestral score, and at the bottom add in the big band, and otherwise keep the same? Or better to combine one band into a single staff group, and the other into a second?
What about players, all separate? Or any advantage to have single player with multiple instruments?
- Separate scores
Advantage - easier to deal with, and can use appropriate formatting (Petaluma Jazz vs Bravura and other). But the MIDI and/or audio would have to be combined, and have to have the two scores open while composing.
Looking for any advice!