The Study of Orchestration: Text Only / Edition 3

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Through two highly successful editions, The Study of Orchestration has set the standard for orchestration texts, providing the most comprehensive treatment of both orchestration and instrumentation. The Third Edition retains the elements that have made the book a classic while embracing new technology and responding to the needs of today’s students and teachers.

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<:st>Previous editions are cited in . The third edition of Adler's essential text on orchestration and instrumentation contains expanded treatment on the trombone, the harp, the orchestral percussion section, and string techniques. A chapter is included for transcribing orchestral works to the various combinations of instruments used in public school music groups. Adler, who is emeritus from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, teaches composition at the Julliard School of Music. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393975727
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 88,675
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Adler, Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music, is currently teaching at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He has held the title of visiting professor at many schools throughout the country and abroad, giving master classes in composition, orchestration, and conducting. Professor Adler has gained considerable recognition as a composer (his compositions have been performed by such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony), and has received numerous awards and grants. He has also been guest conductor for many prominent symphony orchestras.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Instrumentation
1 The Orchestra - Yesterday and Today 3
2 Bowed String Instruments 7
3 Individual Bowed String Instruments 51
4 Plucked String Instruments 89
5 Scoring for Strings 111
6 The Woodwind Choir (Reed Aerophones) 164
7 Individual Woodwinds 180
8 Scoring for Woodwinds and Woodwind-String Combinations 229
9 Introduction to Brass Instruments 295
10 Individual Brass Instruments 312
11 Scoring for Brass, and Brass Combined with Strings and Winds 357
12 The Percussion Ensemble 431
13 Keyboard Instruments 468
14 Scoring for Percussion with Keyboard Alone or in Combination 486
Pt. 2 Orchestration
15 Scoring for Orchestra 547
16 The Orchestra as Accompanist 611
17 Transcribing for Orchestra 666
18 The Preparation of Score and Parts 757
19 Scoring for Band or Wind Ensemble 772
App. A: Quick Reference Guides 785
App. B: Select Bibliography 797
Acknowledgments 807
Index 815
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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Your First and Only Orchestration Book

    This is the book I used for a college class in Orchestration so I know it well. I've read several books on orchestration, and while expensive, this trumps the four of five I've read. Concepts are clearly explained and a ton of useful score examples are provided.<BR/><BR/>Instrumentation is given a lot of attention. Each instrument is given its own section describing in detail the best way to write parts for them. Some instruments don't produce great tone in certain ranges, some instruments are difficult for the musician to play, some effects are more difficult to pull of on some instruments compared to others, etc. Transposition is made clear, double stops for stringed instruments are listed, how to write parts with certain playing techniques is explained, all with score examples. <BR/><BR/>Unlike the classic orchestration books, like those from Korsokov, the examples refer to modern instrument construction. It is now possible to reach ranges that were not possible one hundred years ago with many instruments. The writing and orchestration techniques are all up to date as well. The Cecil Forsyth book focuses mostly on instrumentation and is very light on examples.<BR/><BR/>It's been a while since I bought it and I don't recall if the 6 CDs are part of the purchase, but those CDs are very well worth any additional cost. Not only do the CDs contain audio tracks of many of the examples in the book, but they also have video clips demonstrating the different playing techniques. This makes the different bowing techniques something you can visualize, and give you an idea of how complicated it is to write for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    Outstanding study guide

    This is a superb text for the serious student of music theory. The examples are sometimes humbling to see how masters of composition achieved their effects but also inspiring to try for oneself. I studied music many years ago and have recently begun composing again. This text was truly invaluable in reminding me of what I had forgotten and what I may have never known.

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