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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $110.00
  • June 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92065-9
  • 1024 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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    The Study of Orchestration

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    Samuel Adler (Author, Juilliard School of Music, Emeritus)


    The book that set the standard for orchestration texts.

    Written by a renowned composer whose works have been performed by major orchestras around the world, The Study of Orchestration is the only text that explores the characteristics of orchestral instruments and shows students how a master composer approaches orchestration. The Fourth Edition invites students to experience the instruments through online audio and video recordings and now offers more coverage of writing for band.


    The only text that invites students to listen

    The Study of Orchestration is accompanied by comprehensive audio and video recordings—featuring musicians at the Eastman School of Music—illuminating the techniques students encounter in the text. Access to the audio and video recordings is included with each new copy of the text at no additional cost, and access is good for 360 days.

    The most comprehensive introduction to orchestral instruments and techniques

    The Fourth Edition includes a masterful overview of every instrument and its techniques, a reference that students will use every time they arrange or compose. Every technique is illustrated with examples from the literature, and a groundbreaking audio and video package allows students to hear and see every instrument. This edition also offers updated coverage of percussion instruments and a new section on the accordion. 

    The only text that shows students how to write for band and orchestra

    The Study of Orchestration is the only text that connects information about instruments to what students do as composers and arrangers. This new edition of the text and workbook offers additional coverage of music for wind ensemble. Orchestration in Action sections at the end of each chapter feature master composer and teacher Samuel Adler presenting his own compositions and demonstrating how to orchestrate.  

    Offers the best opportunities to practice orchestration

    Robust media package provides students with an abundance of review and self-assessment opportunities. The Fourth Edition offers new and simpler assignments accessible to students with a range of skill levels. The workbook offers more than enough material for any orchestration class, so instructors can select the exercises that best suit their students' needs.  

      Part 1. Instrumentation

      1. The Orchestra—Yesterday and Today
      2. Bowed String Instruments
          Double, Triple, and Quadruple Stops
          Divided Strings
          Glissando and Portamento
          The Bow
          Special On-the-String Bowings
          Special Off-the-String Bowings
          Trills and Other Coloristic Effects Using the Bow
          Coloristic Effects without the Bow
          Contemporary String Techniques
      3. Individual Bowed String Instruments
          Violoncello or Cello
          Double Bass
      4. Plucked String Instruments
      5. Scoring for String
          Individuality within the Ensemble
          Contrapuntal Writing for Strings
          Homophonic Writing for Strings
          Using the String Choir to Accompany a Soloist
          Transcribing from Piano to Strings
      6. The Woodwind Choir (Reed Aerophones)
          Classifying Woodwind Instruments
          The Principle of Transposition
          Playing Techniques
          The Woodwind Section of a Symphony Orchestra
          Scoring for Woodwind Instruments
      7. Individual Woodwinds
          Alto Flute
          Bass Flute
          English Horn
          Other Members of the Oboe Family
          “Piccolo” Clarinet: Clarinet in D or E-flat
          Bass Clarinet
          Others Members of the Clarinet Family
      8. Scoring for Woodwinds and Woodwind-String Combinations
          The Role of Winds in the Symphony Orchestra
          The Variety of Orchestral Treatments
          Homophonic Writing for Winds
          Contrapuntal Writing for Winds
          Using the Wind Choir to Provide a Contrasting Color
          Using the Wind Choir to Double Other Instruments of the Orchestra
          New Types of Articulations For Woodwinds
          Special Effects
          Transcribing from Piano to Winds and Strings
      9. Introduction to Brass Instruments
          Composition of the Brass Section
          Brass Instruments and the Written Orchestral Score
          Overblowing and the Principle of the Harmonic Series
          Crooks, Valves, and Slides
          Tone Production, Articulation, and Tonguing
          Common Characteristics and Effects on All Brass Instruments
          Muting Devices Other Than Mutes
      10. Individual Brass Instruments
          Other Members of the Trumpet Family
          Other Members of the Trombone Family
          Other Members of the Tuba Family
      11. Scoring for Brass, and Brass Combined with Strings and Winds
          Early Uses of the Brass Choir
          Doubling of Brass Instruments within the Modern Orchestra
          Homophonic Writing for the Brass Choir
          Using the Brass Choir to Present the Melody
          Contrapuntal Writing for the Brass Choir
          Climactic Uses of the Brass Choir
          Using the Brass Choir to Provide a Coloristic Effect
      12. The Percussion Ensemble
          Historical Uses of Percussion Instruments within the Orchestra
          Number and Distribution of Percussion Players
          Notation of Percussion Instruments
          Mallets, Beaters, and Sticks
          Categories of Percussion Instruments
          Instruments of Definite Pitch
          Instruments Of Indefinite Pitch
      13. Keyboard Instruments
      14. Scoring for Percussion with Keyboard Alone or in Combination
          Percussion Layout in the Full Score
          Percussion Section Setup
          Uses of the Percussion Section

      Part 2. Orchestration

      15. Scoring for Orchestra
          The Unison-Octave Tutti
          The Distribution of Foreground—Middleground—Background Elements within the Orchestra Orchestrating a Melody or Primary Gesture
          Using the Orchestra to Create Special Effects
      16. The Orchestra as Accompanist
          The Concerto
          Accompanying the Vocal Soloist, Ensemble, or Chorus
      17. Transcribing for Orchestra
          Transcribing from Keyboard or Small Chamber Combinations to Orchestra
          Transcribing from Band or Wind Ensemble to Orchestra
          Transcribing to Various Available Instrumental Combinations
      18. The Preparation of Score and Parts
          The Orchestral Score Setup
          The Reduced Score
          The Condensed Score
          Preparing Individual Parts
      19. Scoring for Band or Wind Ensemble
          Scoring for Band
          Band Versus Wind Ensemble
          The Percussion Section within the Band or Wind Ensemble
          The Band and Wind Ensemble Score Setup
          Condensed Score
          Transcribing from Orchestra to Band or Wind Ensemble