The Cambridge Guide to Orchestration

The Cambridge Guide to Orchestration

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Demonstrating not only how to write for orchestra but also how to understand and enjoy a score, The Cambridge Guide to Orchestration is a theoretical and practical guide to instrumentation and orchestration for scholars, professionals and enthusiasts. With detailed information on all the instruments of the orchestra, both past and present, it combines discussion of both traditional and modern playing techniques to give the most complete overview of the subject. It contains fifty reduced scores to be re-orchestrated and a wide range of exercises, which clarify complex subjects such as multiple stops on stringed instruments, harmonics and trombone glissandi. Systematic analysis reveals the orchestration techniques used in original scores, including seven twentieth-century compositions. This Guide also includes tables and lists for quick reference, providing the ranges of commonly used instruments and the musical names and terminology used in English, German, Italian and French.

  • Discusses a wide range of orchestral instruments both old and new, well-known and obscure and provides the most complete, detailed and up-to-date information, both theoretical and practical, about orchestration, surpassing the other leading books on the subject
  • Student input and criticism were the primary factors for the final form of the book so most of the needs, questions and practical difficulties of orchestration that readers may encounter are explained here
  • Includes an extensive selection of exercises and analyses to help the reader master the full range of orchestration techniques