With too much work to handle, we asked Jerry
and Rudy Toth to join us and we became "Quartet Productions
Jerry Toth, our partner for many years, Rick Wilkins, Neil Chotem from Montreal, (mentioned earlier)… I also wrote music for some excellent Toronto film directors, like Bob Schulz and Peter Yalden Thompson.
did the excellent orchestration and conducted in the studio. (Still my favourite version for it's classy timelessness).
It began as an opening and closing jingle for a commercial with one 4-bar section at the end of the opening part to accommodate voice/over for advertising purposes.
Later, those 4 bars were removed and it became purely the "Theme" for the entire broadcast.
How would you differentiate between the role of 'orchestrator' (like Jerry
was with the "Hockey Night In Canada Theme") and 'arranger'?
Generally, an orchestrator takes a composition which has been written quite fully and gives the notes to various orchestral instruments, adding little or no new musical material.
An arranger could, for example, be given only a lead sheet with the melody (and with luck) some chord symbols, and make a full composition out of it, adding riffs… perhaps changing the chords etc. … often new material.
So generally, as in the case of the "Hockey Night In Canada Theme", I mainly need an orchestrator, though he/she is free to add little goodies… as Jerry
did with the French horn/string line in the bridge.