Technique of Orchestration

9780139003400: Technique of Orchestration

Instruments of the orchestra are clearly described and supported by numerous musical examples and photos. "Suggested Assignments" and "Suggested Listening" lists follow each chapter helping students master and further explore subject matter. Includes updated chapter on writing score and parts with inclusion of material on computer notation and has 2 new appendices--" Synthesizers and Sampler" and "Vocal and Choral Ranges".

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This masterful textbook emphasizes the fundamentals of orchestration. Following a brief introduction to the orchestra, the authors discuss the instruments individually. then by section, and finally in the full orchestral context. Suitable for beginning orchestration courses, the book also contains more advanced material.

Features of this highly acclaimed text include:
  • Up-to-date information on instruments
  • Examples from scores of various periods and styles
  • Lists of suggested assignments, music suitable for scoring assignments, and music for suggested listening
  • Short chapters on scoring for school orchestra and oat nonorchestral instrumental groups, including band and wind ensemble
  • A workbook (available separately) containing carefully selected music for scoring assignments
New to this Sixth Edition are:
  • Inclusion of a CD containing selected examples
  • Several new examples from scores

About the Author:

KENT KENNAN is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for many years. After completing his musical studies at the Eastman School of Music, he received the Prix de Rome in music. His compositions have been performed by many major orchestras, and a number have been published and recorded. He is the author of COUNTERPOINT, Fourth Edition (Prentice Hall, Inc. 1999).

DONALD GRANTHAM, D.M.A. in composition from the University of Southern California, is Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a winner of the Prix Lili Boulanger and the recipient of a Citation in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works have been performed by many orchestras including Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas, and the American Composers Orchestra.

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