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Interviews with American Theatre Creatives: Larry Hochman (Arranger/Orchestrator)

In this second excerpt from a forthcoming book on Musical Theatre, I was entirely thrilled to interview one of the best arrangers in the business.  I have a number of heroes in this field, one of whom is the consumate musician, Larry Hochman.

This interview, which is really Part I of II, took place over several hours in a restaurant down on ‘Resturant Row’ in Manhattan earlier this year.  Dissecting and transcribing this interview reminded me of the many pearls of wisdom Larry provided over a couple of hours of intense conversation.  READ IT SLOWLY  – or read it more than once – to gain the maximum benefit from what Larry imparts.  You won’t regeret it.

LARRY HOCHMAN (Arranger / Orchestrator)

Larry_Hochman_Arranger Larry has a TONY award and a DRAMA DESK award for Best Orchestrations for The Book of Mormon.  His 4 other TONY nominations were for The Scottsboro Boys (2010, also Drama Desk nomination), Monty Python’s Spamalot (2005, also Drama Desk nomination), Fiddler on the Roof (2004) and A Class Act (2001).  Orchestrations for Broadway include The Addams Family, The Scottsboro Boys, Fiddler on the Roof (additional orchestrations for the 2004 Revival), Jane Eyre, A Class Act, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and Late Nite Comic, and additional orchestrations for Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway, Shrek, and The Little Mermaid.  Orchestrations for 18 films include Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant!, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp II, Once Upon a Mattress, and Dead of Winter


KP:  As an orchestrator, if you were only able to provide one piece of information to aspiring composers/songwriters, what would be the most pertinent advice you believe they should receive?

LH:  Well, if the end result, I assume, is going to be played by an orchestra, I don’t feel that you have to crowd every measure with lots and lots of notes, and trust more in the sustain of the orchestra. Continue Reading →

Slight Restructure of This Blog and New Book in Preparation


Larry Hochman (Orchestrator/Composer)

Good morning!  Well, I’ve decided that I am going to re-structure this blog series into several different categories.  I’ve mulled over this issue for some time, but finally Web Designer-extraordinaire, Chris Stevens, and I  have decided on a ‘restructure’ plan.  Its not a question of what we intend, but how we intend to make some minor changes to information retrieval and flow.  Why do this?  Because Chris (mostly Chris!) and I have been looking an evaluating web sites together now for going on eight years.  How time flies. Continue Reading →

Theatrical Orchestration Today

And here is Part II on Broadway Orchestration featuring Michael Starobin (Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal), Bruce Coughlin (Grey Gardens, 9 to 5), Larry Blank (Catch Me If You Can) and Daniel Troob (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek). Listen particularly to what Starobin and Troob have to say!!

Pity Larry Hochman was not on this panel (if you can hear/see the new Pippin coming into Broadway, you’re in for a treat with his new orchestration).