Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and Commentary

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 8, 2002 - Music
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Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise is a classic textbook which has been used as a guide to orchestration and as a source book for the understanding both of Berlioz's music and of orchestral practice in the nineteenth century. This was the first English translation of Berlioz's complete text since 1856, and it is accompanied throughout by Hugh Macdonald's extensive and authoritative commentary on the instruments of Berlioz's time and on his own orchestral practice, as revealed in his scores. It also includes extracts from Berlioz's writings on instruments in his Memoirs and in his many articles for the Parisian press. The Treatise has been highly valued both for its technical information about instruments but also for its poetic and visionary approach to the art of instrumentation. Berlioz was not only one of the great orchestrators of the nineteenth century, he was also the author with the clearest understanding of the art.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Bowed strings
7
2 Plucked strings
64
3 Strings with keyboard
90
introduction
98
5 Wind with reeds
102
6 Wind without reeds
137
7 Wind with keyboard
153
11 Pitched percussion
265
12 Unpitched percussion
280
13 New instruments
296
14 The orchestra
319
15 The conductor and his art
336
Appendix
366
Bibliography
371
General index
377

8 Brass with mouthpiece
164
9 Woodwind with mouthpiece
242
10 Voices
246

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Hugh Macdonald is Avis Blewett Professor of Music at Washington University, St Louis. He has been General Editor of the New Berlioz Edition since its inception in 1967. He has edited The Selected Letters of Berlioz (1995) and Volumes IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII of the Berlioz Correspondance générale (1992– ). He is also author of Skryabin (1978) and Berlioz (1982).

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