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Manual of Practical Instrumentation

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Renowned for his talents as organist and composer, Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937) was also a professor at the Paris Conservatoire, where his vast knowledge of counterpoint, fugue, and orchestration benefited such students as Honegger, Varèse, Milhaud, and Dupré. In the course of his four decades of teaching at the Conservatoire, he wrote this study of instrumentation, The Technique of the Modern Orchestra, which he viewed as a supplement to Berlioz’s celebrated but dated ...
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Overview


Renowned for his talents as organist and composer, Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937) was also a professor at the Paris Conservatoire, where his vast knowledge of counterpoint, fugue, and orchestration benefited such students as Honegger, Varèse, Milhaud, and Dupré. In the course of his four decades of teaching at the Conservatoire, he wrote this study of instrumentation, The Technique of the Modern Orchestra, which he viewed as a supplement to Berlioz’s celebrated but dated treatise on the same subject.
Full of insights and details not found in other manuals of instrumentation, Widor’s 1904 text presents a comprehensive catalog of the various abilities and qualities of all the orchestral instruments. It also features an abundance of practical advice regarding instrumental combinations and relevant works to study. This classic work represents an invaluable reference for any student of orchestration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486442693
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/8/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Woodwind
  The Flute
    List of Shakes and Tremolos
    Transposing Flutes
  The Piccolo
  The Oboe
    List of Shakes and Tremolos
  The Oboe d'amore
  The Cor Anglais
  The Barytone Oboe
  The Clarinet
    List of Shakes and Tremolos
  The Alto Clarinet
  The Small Clariniet
  The Bass Clarinet
  The Bassoon
    List of Shakes
  The Basson-quinte
  The Double-bassoon
  The Sarrusophone
    Shakes
II. The Brass Instruments
  The Theory of their Tone-production
  The Natural Horn
  The Valve-Horn
    Muted and Overblown Notes
    Shakes
    The Horn in the Orchestra
  The Natural Trumpet
  The Valve-Trumpet
    List of Shakes
    Muted Trumpets
  The Bass Trumpet
  The Cornet a Pistons
  The Trombones
  The Tenor Trombone
  The Bass Trombone
  The Contrabass Trombone
  The Saxhorns
  The Sopranino Saxhorn
  The Soprano Saxhorn
  The Alto Saxhorn
  The Barytone Saxhorn
  The Bass-Tuba
  The Bombardon
  The Contrabass-Tuba
III. The Percussion Instruments
  The Kettle-Drums
  The Side Drum
    Muffled Drums
  The Tenor Drum
  The Tambourine
  The Tabor
  The Triangle
  Castanets
  The Cymbals
  Ancient Cymbals
  The Bass Drum
  The Gong
  The Glockenspiel
  The Celesta
  The Xylophone
  Bells
IV.
  The Saxophones
  The Soprano Saxophone
  The Alto Saxophone
  The Tenor Saxophone
  The Barytone Saxophone
  The Harp
    Glissandos
    Harmonics
      Appendix to Chapter IV.
        Further remarks concerning the employment of homophonic strings on the Harp
        Note on the origin of the Swell, Pedal-board, Manuals, and Stops of the Organ
  The Organ
V. The Strings
  The Violin
    Double Stops
    Triple and Quadruple Stops
    Harmonics
    Bowings
    Pizzicato
  The Viola
    Double Stops
    Triple and Quadruple Stops
    Harmonics
    Bowings
  The Violoncello
    Thumb Positions
    Pizzicato
    Double Stops
    Triple Stops
    Quadruple Stops
    Bowings
    Harmonics
    The Violoncello in the Orchestra
  The Double-Bass
    Tremolos
    Pizzicato
    Double Stops
    Harmonics
    Bowings
    Runs
  The Mute
  The Bridge
  The Back of the Bow
  List of French, Italian and German expressions used in connection with the Strings
  Compass of the various instruments
  Shakes possible on Woodwind Instruments
  Harmonics possible on Stringed Instruments
  Use of Double Stops in the Orchestra
  List of Modern Composers
Conclusion
Appendix by Gordon Jacob
Foreword
I. The Woodwind
    The Flute
    The Piccolo
    The Bass Flute
    The Oboe
    The Oboe d'amore
    The Cor Anglais
    The Heckelphone
    The Clarinet
    The Bass Clarinet
    The Small Clarinet in E-flat
    The Bassoon
    The Double Bassoon and Sarrusophone
II. The Brass
    The Natural Horn
    The Valve Horn
    The Valve Trumpet
    The Cornet
    The Tenor Trombone
    The Bass Trombone
    The Trombone Glissando
    The Tuba
    The Tenor Tuba
    Note on Brass-Band notation for Trombones, Tubas, etc.
III. Percussion Instruments
    The Kettle Drums (Timpani)
    The Sticks
    Percussion Instruments in General
IV.
    The Saxophones
    The Harp
    The Organ
V. The Strings
    The Violin
    The Viola
    The Violoncello
    The Double Bass
    Tables of Instrumental Compasses
Conclusion Principles of scoring
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