The Study of Orchestration: Text Only / Edition 3by Samuel Adler
Pub. Date: 03/01/2002
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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… See more details below
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.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- Third Edition
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- 7.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|14||Scoring for Percussion with Keyboard Alone or in Combination||486|
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.