So I got five minutes with something resembing an orchestra for a class of mine, and I decided to do THE ARIA. The lesson here is that ARRANGEMENTS ARE HARD AND TAKE A LONG TIME. LOTS AND LOTS OF HARMONIC FILLING-IN, COUNTLESS DAYS SPENT DETERMINING HOW TO VOICE CHORDS OR HOW TO DOUBLE MELODIES SO THAT THEY DON'T SOUND HORRIBLE. THIS SHIT WOULD GIVE NEUROSCIENTISTS HEADACHES AND WERE I MUCH OLDER THAN MY CURRENT SPRY TWENTY-ONE THEN THE STRAIN OF DOING THIS ORCHESTRATION WOULD PROBABLY HAVE KILLED ME. Plus I had no opera singer and no harp.
It came out... NOT BAD AT ALL. The orchestra sight-read so you can hear plenty of bad notes (THE GLOCK PLAYER GETS THE BEST ONE RIGHT AT THE OUTSET) and timing screw-ups and I saw a bunch of places in the score where I myself had FUCKED SOMETHING UP WITHOUT NOTICING, but it's actually PRETTY NEAT which is about the best I could have hoped for. ALSO I GET APPLAUSE AT THE END (YAY)