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The author approaches orchestration from the premise that the principles can best be presented by analysis of musicas it has been written.The essentials of instrument combination discussed here are those which can be observed operating in the scores of great composers from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven down to our own day. Orchestration is notable for the clarity and logic ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published March 17th 1955 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 1955)
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Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
a good sturdy text on the subject...but i prefer kennan's text. and, there's nothing like studying scores. if you want a great lesson in orchestration, study stravinsky's rite of spring, petrouchka, agon, fireworks, etc.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book in the library. I am not an advanced music composer so it might not be helpful for the experienced. It honestly helped me with harmony and creating textures and colors in my music which I loved. I would try to find it in a library first before purchasing it first since it can be costly.
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Best reference for Orchestration
Bill Forsyth
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Good basic fundamentals
Tracey Wong
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good read. Very concise and understandable.
Dec 26, 2007 marked it as to-read
This has been on my to-read list for, like, a decade.
Niko Durr
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is very informative whenever I want to write a passage for an instrument...
John Carroll
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My first symphony was a bit weak. This is the go-to text for anybody in need of a primer for composing for orchestra.
Serge Pierro
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
A classic book on Orchestration that goes well with the other Piston books. I found this quite useful when working with MIDI orchestration.
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