The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra / Edition 1

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Overview

This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life combines orchestral repertory history with critical thought. It includes topics such as the art of orchestration, scorereading, conducting, international orchestras, recording, and becoming an orchestral musician, educator or informed listener.
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"Knowledgeable readers will find much that is familiar and much they had not realized. Recommended." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521001328
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,458,888
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Lawson is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Thames Valley University, having previously been Professor of Music at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He has an international profile as a solo clarinettist and plays with the Hanover Band, the English Consort and the King's Consort. His publications for Cambridge University Press include The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet (1995), Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (1996), Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (1998), The Historical Performance of Music (with Robin Stowell) (1999), The Early Clarinet (2000).
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The history of the orchestra 1
2 The development of musical instruments: national trends and musical implications 22
3 The orchestral repertory 42
4 From notation to sound 71
5 The art of orchestration 92
6 The history of direction and conducting 112
7 International case studies 126
8 The revival of historical instruments 155
9 Recording the orchestra 169
10 Training the orchestral musician 180
11 The life of an orchestral musician 194
12 Historical recordings of orchestras 203
13 The orchestral composer 218
14 Educational programmes 239
15 The future of the orchestra 251
Notes 265
App. 1 The constitution of selected orchestras, 1670-1865 272
App. 2 Orchestras founded in the nineteenth century 275
App. 3 Orchestras founded in the twentieth century 277
Select bibliography 284
Index 291
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