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"Exploring Stratospheres"

Title Exploring Stratospheres
ComposerF.G.J. Absil
DateJuly 2021
StyleFilm Music
KeyD - Ab - F (modal)
Meter3/4 - 6/8 - 4/4
Tempo92 - 156 - 72 BPM


A musical score excerpt
  • Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1-2;
  • Horn in F 1-2-3-4, Trumpet in Bb 1-2-3, Trombone 1-2-3, Tuba;
  • Timpani, Glockenspiel, Harp, Xylophone, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Toms, Triangle, Woodblock;
  • Double Bass, Drum Set, Synthesizer
  • Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Celli, Contrabasses.


YouTube video of the composition Exploring Stratospheres by Frans Absil The orchestral composition 'Exploring Stratospheres' is the application example in the video tutorial on Schillinger Strata Harmony and Orchestration.

  • It has ternary form ABC, with subdivision A (m. 1-27) - B (m. 28-81) - C (m. 82-92).
  • The A section is a gentle Waltz (92 BPM) using diatonic-symmetric harmony, 3 strata with a total of 8 parts
  • The B section in an agitato in 6/8 time signature (156 BPM). It is in the symmetric system of harmony, with a single chordd structure (extended dominant chord with polychord voicing), has 4 strata with a total of 11 parts
  • The C section is a tranquilo slow section (72 BPM) in 4/4 time signature. It is in the modal diatonic system of harmony, F-Dorian, with chords in 4ths, and has 3 strata with a total of 7 parts
  • The audio rendering is a Cubase Midi mockup, with Aaron Venture Infinite Woodwinds and Brass, Toontracks Orchestral Percussion, Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra timpani, Pianoteq Harp and Vienna Symphonic Library Dimension Strings. Effect and stereo bus plugins are by FabFilter and Valhalla DSP.

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