A Scale of Uses: The Various Applications of Orchestral Music

Musical director with orchestra

A major function of music is to set the mood of the audience. If you’ve been to a musical concert, you’ve seen a group of musicians playing different instruments. Such a group, like the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, is called an orchestra, and their task is to set your mood as you watch. Orchestral music can also be found in other performances such as ballets, operas, and musical theater plays. They are also utilized in recordings, such as movies and TV shows. Here’s a closer look at the uses of orchestral music.

Film Scores

Film scores are defined as original music that’s composed or written to accompany a movie. It is the music that sets the mood of specific scenes in a film, whether it’s somber, hilarious, tense, or romantic.

TV Shows

Television shows also have scenes that need to set the mood for the viewers. Soap operas are a prime example of a TV show that involves passionate emotions, whether it’s crying, making love, or physical fighting. These TV shows need orchestral music to match the emotions shown onscreen.

Video Games

Video games have long used music, but only with the synthesizer instrument. Today’s video game productions, especially the role-playing genre, now use orchestral music for the same purpose as films and TV shows: to set the mood, this time of the gamer. With music, gamers are able to immerse themselves more in the video game character they role-play.

Theater and Ballet

Orchestral music is also a staple in stage productions such as theater or ballet. These performances have live audiences as opposed to video games, TV shows, and movies.

Live Concerts

Lastly, live concerts in which the soloist or singer may need background music normally utilize orchestras to provide this sound. The orchestra helps punctuate the emotion of the song that the singer is performing.

Just like the scale of musical notes, orchestras have a range of uses when it comes to art forms that need music to heighten the emotion or mood that they’re showing or expressing. These art forms include film, television dramas, video games, theater or ballet productions, and live concerts. Thanks to orchestras, audiences are able to feel the emotion and understand what the art form is trying to express.