Acoustics and the Performance of Music: Manual for Acousticians, Audio Engineers, Musicians, Architects and Musical Instrument Makers / Edition 5

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This classic reference on musical acoustics and performance practice begins with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of acoustics and the generation of musical sounds. It then discusses the particulars of the sounds made by all the standard instruments in a modern orchestra as well as the human voice, the way in which the sounds made by these instruments are dispersed and how the room into which they are projected affects the sounds.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The present book is a translation of the fifth German edition published in 2004. The translator, Uwe Hansen, deserves praise for the quality of his writing in the English language. … Given the material in this text, orchestral musicians and conductors can … appreciate how to use any given acoustical space most advantageously and acousticians and architects can optimize the spaces in which musical groups perform. … The book will certainly benefit all those involved with musical performance.” (Leo Beranek, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 14 (2), 2009)

“The abundance of easy to understand graphic illustrations help the reader go through the relatively complex subjects. The writing is easy to read … . The quality and quantity of illustrations (some of them color plates) are exceptional. … A well written subject index helps find subjects of interest to the reader. There is also a composer-composition index at the end of the book. In summary, this is a highly recommended valuable book for professionals as well as for students interested in musical performance.” (Alberto Behar, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 58 (5), September-October, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387095165
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/24/2008
  • Series: Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing Series
  • Edition description: 5th ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Helmholtz-Medal of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) 2004
Medal of Honor of Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (VDT) 2004
Fellow of the ASA

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Acoustics.- Structure of Musical Sounds.- Tonal Characteristics of Musical Instruments.- Directional Characteristics of Musical Instruments.- Foundations of Room Acoustics.- Acoustic Characteristics of Old and New Performance Spaces.- Seating Arrangement in the Concert Hall.- Acoustical Viewpoints for Number of Performers and Performance Technique.- Acoustic Problems in the Opera House.- Color Plates.- Appendix.- References.- Name- and Composition Index.- Topical Index.

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