Principles of Orchestration

Author: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486316971

Category: Music

Page: 489

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Great classical orchestrator provides fundamentals of tonal resonance, progression of parts, voice and orchestra, tutti effects, and much else in major document. Includes 330 pages of musical excerpts.

Principles of Orchestration with Musical Examples Drawn from his Own Works

Author: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465604111


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In his "Memoirs of my musical life" the following passage occurs: "I had planned to devote all my energies to the compilation of a full treatise on orchestration. To this end I made several rough copies, jotting down explanatory notes detailing the technique of different instruments. What I intended to present to the world on this subject, was to include everything. The writing of this treatise, or, to be more exact, the sketch for it took up most of my time in the years 1873 and 1874. After reading the works of Tyndall and Helmholtz, I framed an introduction to my work, in which I endeavoured to expound the laws of acoustics as applied to the principles governing the construction of musical instruments. My manual was to begin with a detailed list of instruments, classified in groups and tabulated, including a description of the various systems in use at the present day. I had not yet thought of the second part of the book which was to be devoted to instruments in combination. But I soon realised that I had gone too far. With wind instruments in particular, the different systems were innumerable, and each manufacturer favoured his own pet theory. By the addition of a certain key the maker endowed his instrument with the possibility of a new trill, and made some difficult passages more playable than on an instrument of another kind. "There was no end to such complications. In the brass, I found instruments with three, four, and five valves, the mechanism varying according to the make. Obviously, I could not hope to cover so large a field; besides, of what value would such a treatise be to the student? Such a mass of detailed description of the various systems, their advantages and drawbacks, could not but fail to confuse the reader only too eager to learn. Naturally he would wish to know what instrument to employ, the extent of its capabilities etc., and getting no satisfactory information he would throw my massive work aside. For these reasons my interest in the book gradually waned, and finally I gave up the task."



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Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony

Author: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486317684

Category: Music

Page: 160

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Written during Tchaikovsky's years as professor at the Moscow Conservatory, this clear and thorough introduction to the study of harmony features numerous examples and exercises.

The Study of Fugue

Author: Alfred Mann

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486171345

Category: Music

Page: 352

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Classic study comprises two parts. The first is a comprehensive historical survey of writings on the fugue from the beginning of fugal teaching (c. 1350) to the present. Part Two explores in depth four 18th-century studies which are its classical presentations: Steps to Parnassus, J. J. Fux (1725), A Treatise on Fugue, F. W. Marpurg (1753–54), Fundamental and Practical Essay on Fugal Counterpoint, Padre Martini (1775), A Manual of the Fundamental Principles of Composition, J. A. Albrechtsberger (1790). Translations of texts, introductions and critical commentary, and many musical examples. Index. Bibliography.


Author: Max Reger

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486319121

Category: Music

Page: 80

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Written by a progressive early modernist, this concise guide for performers and composers offers valuable insights and instruction. Suitable for musicians at all levels. Newly typeset and engraved.

Choral Orchestration

Author: Cecil Forsyth

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486493725

Category: History

Page: 112

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A noted musicologist takes readers bar by bar through a complete choral orchestration in this excellent and inexpensive tutorial on scoring. Cecil Forsyth considers and contrasts the orchestral possibilities of each passage, explaining the difficulties and details of orchestral execution. Organists, pianists, and composers will appreciate this complete study of orchestration.

Musical Structure and Design

Author: Cedric Thorpe Davie

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486216292

Category: Music

Page: 181

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Clear, elementary explanation of basic forms, Renaissance to 1900, with many works analyzed. Nature and function of concerto, sonata, etc., clarified with nonmusical analogies; illustrated in detailed analysis of specific piece of music.

The Style of Palestrina and the Dissonance

Author: Knud Jeppesen

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486171620

Category: Music

Page: 320

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The greatest Renaissance creator of liturgical music, the revered sixteenth-century composer known as Palestrina wrote works that served for centuries as models of counterpoint. Until The Style of Palestrina and the Dissonance, theoreticians seldom closely analyzed the composer’s work to discover its fundamental elements, including the handling of rhythm, line, and harmony. Beginning chapters discuss the standard use of rhythm and mensuration in Palestrina’s time, the ecclesiastical modes, and treatment of words. Author Knud Jeppesen proceeds to explore Palestrina’s music in terms of the elements that constitute his personal style, isolating unusual vertical lines and establishing common and uncommon interval skips and rhythmic accents. The heart of the book presents a modern empirical treatment of dissonance. Palestrina's contrapuntal technique forged new harmonic devices, placing dissonance on unaccented beats and highlighting text in very unorthodox ways for his time. These new uses of dissonance and resolution are explored in meticulous detail. In addition, Jeppesen includes a complete history of the evolving concept and treatment of dissonance before Palestrina, including quotations from the earliest theoretical works and numerous musical examples that illustrate the practices of Palestrina’s predecessors.

Music Arranging and Orchestration

Author: John Cacavas

Publisher: Alfred Music

ISBN: 9781457493775

Category: Music

Page: 184

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Orchestrating is a highly complex technique and to many, even those with academic training, a mystery fraught with a labyrinth of hazards. What is required, along with innate talent and general musicality, is the practical "know how." This is hard to achieve without actual professional experience and contact with "live" orchestras. To this end, John Cacavas contributes his extensive experience and ability with a practical approach to the practical problems of orchestrating. It is in this context most orchestrators must function, and to whom this book should be of benefit. The author has been a "musical activist" in all the varied aspects of instrumental combination from the "classical" to the "contemporary," and in the diverse application of his skills in all the media that utilize music and "orchestrations."

The History of Orchestration

Author: Adam von Ahn Carse

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486212580

Category: Music

Page: 348

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This well-known study by an eminent musicologist constitutes one of the best mid-level explorations of the nature and function of the orchestra. Tracing the beginnings of modern music from the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries, the survey presents forty-four musical excerpts and thirteen sketches of instruments, plus appendices and quotations related to conducting methods. Featured composers include Purcell, Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Debussy, Elgar, and many others. Author Adam Carse examines the evolution of individual musical instruments along with varying performance techniques and concepts of instrumental color. He further explores the recognition of major instrumental groups and their musical distinctions, decisions regarding volume and balance of tone, the influence of musical subject matter upon orchestration, and many similar topics. This volume represents a splendid resource for music students, enthusiasts of musical history and classical music, and music lovers of all ages.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Anatomy of the Orchestra

Author: Norman Del Mar

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520050624

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 528

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Before his death in 1994, Norman Del Mar was acknowledged as one of the world's foremost authorities on the orchestra. Anatomy of the Orchestra is written not only for fellow conductors, players, students, and professional musicians, but also for everyone interested in the performance of orchestral music.

Fundamentals of Musical Composition

Author: Arnold Schoenberg

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9780571196586

Category: Music

Page: 224

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Fundamentals of Musical Composition represents the culmination of more than forty years in Schoenberg's life devoted to the teaching of musical principles to students and composers in Europe and America. For his classes he developed a manner of presentation in which 'every technical matter is discussed in a very fundamental way, so that at the same time it is both simple and thorough'. This book can be used for analysis as well as for composition. On the one hand, it has the practical objective of introducing students to the process of composing in a systematic way, from the smallest to the largest forms; on the other hand, the author analyses in thorough detail and with numerous illustrations those particular sections in the works of the masters which relate to the compositional problem under discussion.

Instrumentation and orchestration

Author: Alfred Blatter

Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co


Category: Music

Page: 508

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Intended for Orchestration and Composition courses for majors.

Treatise on Instrumentation

Author: Hector Berlioz,Richard Strauss

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486319725

Category: Music

Page: 432

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The most influential work of its kind ever written, appraising the musical qualities and potential of over 60 commonly used stringed, wind and percussion instruments. With 150 illustrative full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Gluck, Weber, Wagner, and others, and numerous smaller musical examples. Complete with Berlioz' chapters on the orchestra and on conducting. Translated by Theodore Front. Foreword by Richard Strauss. Glossary.

The History of Musical Instruments

Author: Curt Sachs

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486171515

Category: Music

Page: 560

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This first comprehensive history of musical instruments, this book ranges from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It traverses five continents and every stage of evolution, from primitive rattles and bull-roarers to the electric organ. Author Curt Sachs, one of the world's most distinguished musicologists, combines rich scholarship with personal insight in a remarkable fusion of music, anthropology, and the fine arts. Beginning with the earliest manifestations of rhythm, Sachs explores the association of sound with primitive rites of fertility, life, death, and rebirth. He traces the evolution of folk and ritual instruments to tools of entertainment and art, the rise of a professional class of singers and musicians, and the musical revolution that flowered during the Renaissance. Sachs chronicles the foundation of the modern orchestra during the baroque period and its subsequent development, concluding with the modern-day rise of electric and jazz instruments. A pleasure to read as well as a valuable resource, this classic work is enhanced with 24 plates and 167 illustrations.

Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing

Author: Josef Lhevinne

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486317404

Category: Music

Page: 64

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Written at the height of his career, this little book by the "inward poet of the piano" is a clear statement of principles based on his lifelong experience in performance and teaching.
Performing Arts

Composing for the Cinema

The Theory and Praxis of Music in Film

Author: Ennio Morricone,Sergio Miceli

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810892421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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With nearly 400 scores to his credit, Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific and influential film composers working today. In Composing for the Cinema, Morricone and musicologist Sergio Miceli present a series of lectures on the composition and analysis of film music. Adapted from several lectures and seminars, these lessons show how sound design can be analyzed and offer a variety of musical solutions to many different kinds of film. Drawing upon scores by himself and others, the composer also provides insight into his relationships with many of the directors with whom he has collaborated, including Sergio Leone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Franco Zeffirelli, Warren Beatty, Ridley Scott, Roland Joffé, the Taviani Brothers, and others. Delivered in a conversational mode that is both comprehensible and interesting, this groundbreaking work intertwines analysis with practical details of film music composition.

Principles of the Flute, Recorder, and Oboe

Author: Jacques Hotteterre

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486246062

Category: Music

Page: 73

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Originally published circa 1700, this is a milestone in the development of one of the oldest instruments. Features a new translation, with introduction and notes, by Paul Marshall Douglass. Includes 23 musical excerpts, 6 double-page fingering charts, more.

Structural Hearing

Tonal Coherence in Music

Author: Felix Salzer

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486222756

Category: Music

Page: 632

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Written by a pupil of Heinrich Schenker, this outstanding work develops and extends Schenker's approach. More than 500 examples of music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century complement the detailed discussions and analyses.