Hi Sven, thanks for commenting!
Without running to the mighty wikipedia, as I understand it, divisi noted in a score tells a section of instruments to divide their members in order to play a second line, usually harmonizing with the first line?
In the Hollywood strings library if I put in midi events denoting a melody and then add a second series of events as a harmony line I believe the samples don’t divide but rather just double, albeit in harmony. I haven’t seen anything in the manual talking about that so I usually just add a second track and maybe use a sample with less instruments in it if available.
Now your point I think is well taken in that nowhere in this piece do the sections play in harmony with themselves, and in the sections of this piece where all instruments play simultaneously the instruments are all sounding unisons with some octave doubling for trombone, cello and bass, which makes a very strong, penetrating and somewhat raucus sound. Not a good example of orchestration I think is what you are saying, and if so I certainly agree, I could have gotten a fuller, more harmonious sound by either using divisi in the sections or expanding the unisons between sections into a wider stacked harmony arrangement. EW may not give me options for divisi but the choice was mine and I think your criticism is correct. Thank you for that.
The LASS clips are beautiful, I’ll definitely put them on my want list.
Here is my Sibelius score which I exported as midi into Reaper and then added key switches and CC events as best I could to get the result you have heard.
POPB refrain.pdf (260.6 KB)