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The Technique of Orchestration [With CD (Audio)] (Book & CD) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 23. April 2002

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Designed primarily as a text for beginning orchestration courses, but includes material for advanced study and may serve as a reference. As in the earlier editions, the emphasis is on the practical fundamentals of orchestration. The Sixth Edition has been expanded and revised to reflect new developments in instruments and orchestral practice, and a new listening compact disc has been added that contains selected examples of orchestration.


This masterful textbook emphasizes the fundamentals of orchestration. Following a brief introduction to the orchestra, the authors discuss the instruments individually. then by section, and finally in the full orchestral context. Suitable for beginning orchestration courses, the book also contains more advanced material.

Features of this highly acclaimed text include:
  • Up-to-date information on instruments
  • Examples from scores of various periods and styles
  • Lists of suggested assignments, music suitable for scoring assignments, and music for suggested listening
  • Short chapters on scoring for school orchestra and oat nonorchestral instrumental groups, including band and wind ensemble
  • A workbook (available separately) containing carefully selected music for scoring assignments
New to this Sixth Edition are:
  • Inclusion of a CD containing selected examples
  • Several new examples from scores

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 11. Oktober 1997
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No he leido otro libro de orquestación que trate con tanto detenimiento el problema de la transcripción de musica de piano a la orquesta. Ademas la explicación de los tipos de texturas orquestales es muy buena. Lo unico que lamento es que no haya una version en espagnol.
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Von Ein Kunde am 20. November 1999
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I should first point out that no book can teach you orchestration. You learn to orchestrate by orchestrating and listening to the results at performances and rehearsals, noting carefully the reactions of your musicians. (Write for musicians, not for instruments.) Most of us have little opportunity to do so, unfortunately, but we can learn a great deal by studying orchestral scores (analyzing and following along at concerts and with recordings.) We can also consult books. I recommend this book for beginning orchestration students, but I recommend especially Cecil Forsyth's "Orchestration" (to which this book occasionally refers) and Walter Piston's "Orchestration".
I also recommend George Heussenstamm's "The Norton Manual of Music Notation" (you'll need to know how to make your scores readable), Walter Piston's "Counterpoint" (Rimsky-Korsakov says that the essence of orchestration is voice leading), and, by the bye, Jeff Burns's "Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz Rock Keyboardist".
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Having used this book for many years I continue to be impressed with its thoroughness and the scope of its musical examples. No composer can live without it, and it surpasses all previous books on the subject
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59 von 61 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Excellent beginner's textbook and overall reference 20. August 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
(6th Ed.) Although I've played classical piano for a long time, I'm a beginner in this aspect of music. This book provides a fantastic, detailed survey of the entire symphony orchestra for those who don't know an English horn from an oboe; however, it seems like it's one of those handy books you will refer back to for a very long time:
- basic introduction to various configurations of orchestras
- all the instruments individually described & photographed
- idiosyncracies, limits, abilities of each instrument
- the realistic note ranges of each instrument
- scoring for sections (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion)
- excerpts from real scores demonstrate techniques
- some important aspects of color/blend/orch.texture
- arranging for school orchestras, smaller groups
- contains small suggested assignments and listening refs.
Personally, I am using it as a reference for working with a sampler-based orchestra, to give me better insight towards creating more realistic arrangements and mockups.
34 von 35 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A wonderful text for study and reference with a very useful CD 14. März 2006
Von Craig Matteson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
We used the second edition of this book when I was an undergraduate studying music theory. I loved that book and have always had it on my shelf as a reference for correct transpositions, ranges, and all the little things one needs to know to write correctly for an instrument. When I read through this edition I was simply blown away. You know how you can get attached to an older edition and not want to give it up because the improvements don't overcome the familiarity? Well, the sixth edition clearly obsoletes my trusty old friend.

The book still has the same general format in considering each family of instruments together and has all the good information of the previous editions. However, there is more information, better photographs, improved explanations, well chosen examples, great suggested readings, listenings, and assignments. And the included CD has over 90 short examples of the sounds any orchestrator needs to have in his or her mind when putting pen to paper (or pointing a mouse to the staff on a computer). The first few dozen are different versions of the same two measures of the Bach chorale designated in the book so the student can compare a variety of ways to set that four part chorale for various families of instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, and in various combinations). Then several dozen orchestral chords of various combinations are provided. Every example is designated in the book and explicitly identified on the CD.

The appendices are also quite useful and contain ready references on ranges and specialized considerations. I especially appreciate the addition of vocal ranges since it is quite common to use voices with orchestras.

This is a terrific text for students, for teachers because the information is so well presented, and for reference after school. Heck, if all you do is read orchestral scores while listening to music, this book can be most helpful in helping you understand the instruments you are hearing and their transpositions.

Most wonderfully done.
31 von 32 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Good basic text, but needs some updating 26. September 2006
Von Music Prof. in FL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have taught Orchestration/Instrumentation three times using this book, and find it has its strengths and weaknesses. The practical information about each instrument--such as ranges, typical scorings, and excerpts--is helpful, and I think Kennan really focuses on what an arranger/orchestrator *needs* to know. I also like some of the accompanying examples/excercises in the workbook, which can save preparation time. On the negative side, there are numerous typos in the workbook that still haven't been changed through multiple editions, the photos are quite dated, saxophone is included in a chapter called "Infrequently Used Instruments" (perhaps in the orchestra, but not in band music, the subject of some discussion in the book), and some of the discussions are confusing for students (string harmonics, to take one example). While the CD is helpful for hearing subtle differences in orchestration, the orchestra is out of tune in several places and the sound quality is somewhat poor.

Overall, I think Kennan's book is good for the beginning orchestration student, with lots of practical information and exercises, but I wish that some of its more problematic aspects could be changed or updated.
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Best orchestration text available 5. August 2005
Von Kuru - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Few books are useful in learning to write music. This is one of the rare few. I first got acquainted with the book a quarter century ago, and have been using it ever since. The book assumes basic competence in music performance and theory. The necessary information about the various instruments is provided simply and accessibly -- e.g., where the timbre breaks occur on the clarinet, how to figure out if a particular triple-stop can be fingered on the viola, etc. There is also useful guidance in writing for sections and other combinations of instruments, although nothing can replace a good set of ears and numerous years of orchestral or band playing time for learning that particular skill. Kennan helpfully distinguishes what is practical and idiomatic (what an ordinarily competent player can be expected to be able to do) from what is possible (what the best players might be able to pull off on a good day). Thus, this book should be useful for everything from making high school band arrangements to writing for professional orchestras.
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Still the standard 11. Januar 2001
Von Nasser Sharaf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
With a new updated edition appearing every few years, this book still manages to maintain its place as the standard for entry level orchestration.
Along with the basic need to know information, you will find it packed with musical examples of each instrument as well as in context with relative sections and the entire orchestra.
Also there are suggested assignments and suggested listening at the end of each chapter. This is invaluble in assimilating and applying the vast amount of information presented here - especially if you don't have access to a live orchestra.
Any aspiring composer or orchestrator should consider this book a "must have" - pick it up, you won't regret it.
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