The Orchestration Analysis and Research Database (Orchard) contains over 4000 annotations of
orchestral effects within 65 full movements of orchestral pieces, spanning 1787-1943 (and one
piece from 2004), and continues to grow!
Each annotation can be viewed on a detail page, which contains information about the composer,
work, movement, measures, instrumentation, and a brief description. You can view the annotated
score and listen to a short sound clip.
See our About page for more information about the background of the project and
the types of orchestral effects studied.
Currently, the database is available only to our research partners, but we are aiming to make
the site public as soon as possible.
What can I do?
Browse the database (top-down approach) by selecting “Orchestral Effects” or “Models”
in the navigation bar to the right.
Simple searches using keywords in the search bar above (text completion will assist you). Your list
of results can be refined through dynamically generated facets (similar to filters on Amazon.ca)
and sorted in various ways.
Advanced searches with the “QueryBuilder Search” which
allows you to specify the search parameters in a hierarchical format using Boolean operators
(AND, OR). Based on the results list, you can refine your search further by adjusting the
details of the query and through hierarchical sorting.
Explore the annotations to study orchestration practices at play! You will soon be able to
export selected annotations for further analyses (e.g., data mining).