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Orchestration

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"For its time the most comprehensive treatment of the subject." — New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Before the 17th century, composers seldom indicated in their music whether the composition was to be performed by a particular combination of voices or instruments. Then in 1607 Monteverdi made a well-known suggestion for the orchestration of his opera Orfeo. And as
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Paperback, 592 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1939)
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Abe Fabella
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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My favorite orchestration book! The strengths of this book are its abilities to delve into the psychology of the players of all of the various orchestral instruments and by extension, the "soul" of each instrument, and, in its very British way, to charm the reader with colorful turns of phrase. To my taste, it is the least dry presentation of the subject of orchestration (which has the potential of being deathly boring.) I often enjoy picking up this book and re-reading it while sipping some tea ...more
Ligoore
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: musical
The books extensively covers historical background and construction of each instrument. It is mostly focused individual qualities instead of blending with other instruments like in Rimsky-Korsakov's book. Examples are mostly taken from Wagner/Strauss.

If you read other positions like Adler, Blatter etc., this won't be a breakthrough, just different view on the subject.
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Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even if you're not a musician Forsyth's bell époque style and British gumption are wonderfully refreshing in the age of twitspeak.
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