How to Orchestrate Classical music in a DAW- Recreating Mozart’s Lacrimosa mozart cubase

By popular demand, here’s how I orchestrated Mozart’s Lacrimosa from his last work, Requiem using Cubase and just two libraries.


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00:00 Intro
01:33 Preparation
02:53 The libraries
03:35 The Dorico score
05:24 Planning the phrasing
05:45 Create Expression
06:28 Orchestrating the viola
07:21 Second violins
08:37 First violins
10:00 Basset Horns
11:40 Bassoons
12:51 Trumpets
13:24 Timpanis
13:48 Basso Continuo
15:43 Tenor trombones
17:49 Bass trombones
18:39 Sopranos
20:12 Altos
21:07 Tenors
21:54 Basses

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Libraries that I used (NOT sponsored):

Iconica Sessions and Players :
Hollywood Choirs:

20 thoughts on “How to Orchestrate Classical music in a DAW- Recreating Mozart’s Lacrimosa mozart cubase

  1. Perfect example that good writing doesn’t need much controllers, fx or articulations.

  2. Dom , amazing videos, what setup do you recommend for a home studio and in what cost inc the software… Thanks

  3. You actually got the expression wrong. Over over exagerated the “breathing” part.

  4. 9:48, wrong note. You hit ‘A’ on the keyboard (which is the correct one), but sounds a ‘C’.

  5. Mozart only wrote 8 bars of Lacrimosa. The first 2 bars are for the violins and violas, from the 3rd to the 8th bar are for the voices and basso continuo, so I believe you actually orchestrated a majority of Sussmayr’s works.

  6. How did you get the choir to sound like they are saying words. I saw you typed the words in the DAW. Imagine what Mozart would be able to do with a DAW!

  7. From nothing. Which channel or? to learn Cubase would you recommend ? Thank you!!!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I truly like your presentation. Thank you. It has inspired me to download some scores and bring them to life in the way that you have done. I hope you don’t mind my pointing out what I think is an error in the Dorico score. In the Alto section, bar [measure] 6, the 3rd quaver [eighth note] I think should be an E not a D as marked although you play a C. The choir sings an A minor chord here. The D I think is definitely an error. Whether it’s C or an E probably doesn’t matter too much. Let me know what you think.

  9. THANK YOU, valuable tips to improve someone technique, i.e. mine as an amateur keyb player and orchestration student, is always very welcome and in your video you are super clear and every step is well explained and demonstrated.

  10. woooo dude, amazing, really, one of the most emotional piece of music of all times you made it with… a keyboard? hahaha, incredible, time ago i buy a keyboard but this things of daws and programs put me off cos are so complicated, but now i will learn how to use cos this is simple INCREDIBLE, i think how many things Mozart could have done with this kind of instruments, greetings, i suscribe now πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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