Expanded Orchestration for The Scarlet Letter

I have added additional winds and one horn to the orchestration for The Scarlet Letter, allowing for a larger and darker range of sound.

The new orchestration is as follows:

2 Flutes/Piccolo

2 Oboes/English Horn

2 Clarinets in B flat/Bass Clarinet

2 Bassoons

2 Horns in F

Trumpet in C


Timpani: 5 (20, 23, 26, 29, 32)

Percussion: Bass Drum, Chimes (high and low Eb), Cymbals — medium suspended (brushes, mallets, sticks), Finger Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Tambourine and Triangle



Voices (solo and chorus)

Violins 1 & 2 (8,8) Viola (6) Violoncello (4) Double Bass (2)

The characters and choruses remain the same, except I am customizing Hester’s lines for coloratura Laura Claycomb.


Hester Prynne, a seamstress: soprano

Arthur Dimmesdale, a young minister: tenor

Roger Chillingworth, a doctor: baritone


Mistress Hibbons, a witch: mezzo-soprano

John Wilson, an elder minister: tenor

Governor Bellingham: baritone

Pearl, Hester’s young daughter: non-speaking actor

CHORUS (SATB) Minimum 8

The Chorus Includes:

A Sailor (Baritone)

A Farmer (Tenor)

A Shipmaster (Baritone)

3 Goodwives (2 Sopranos, 1 Mezzo-soprano)

The Beadle (Baritone)

As needed, assorted Indians and townsfolk

These secondary roles can be cast from the chorus.