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Cambridge Companions to Music : The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra - Colin Lawson

Cambridge Companions to Music

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra

By: Colin Lawson (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 2003
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This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life is unique in the breadth of its coverage. It combines orchestral history and orchestral repertory with a practical bias offering critical thought about the past, present and future of the orchestra as a sociological and as an artistic phenomenon. This approach reflects many of the current global discussions about the orchestra's continued role in a changing society. Other topics discussed include the art of orchestration, scorereading, conductors and conducting, international orchestras, recording, as well as consideration of what it means to be an orchestral musician, an educator, or an informed listener. Written by experts in the field, the book will be of academic and practical interest to a wide-ranging readership of music historians and professional or amateur musicians as well as an invaluable resource for all those contemplating a career in the performing arts.

'... interesting, thought provoking contributions ... The book is a genuine testament to the immense variety of skills, knowledge and understanding that go into creating and maintaining an orchestra. I would hope that people other than those already involved in this musical vocation would pick it up - certainly it gives a wonderful impression of the world of orchestral music.' Classical Music 'Colin Lawson's book provides both a fascinating introduction to orchestra's many facets and a stimulating set of diverse essays ... this book is a stimulating resource, and will provide an excellent addition to any bookshelf ... I should be surprised if even those who live and breathe orchestras do not find thought-provoking material here, as well as anecdotes to delight in.' British Journal of Music Education

List of illustrationsp. vi
Notes on the contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
The history of the orchestrap. 1
The development of musical instruments: national trends and musical implicationsp. 22
The orchestral repertoryp. 42
From notation to soundp. 71
The art of orchestrationp. 92
The history of direction and conductingp. 112
International case studiesp. 126
The revival of historical instrumentsp. 155
Recording the orchestrap. 169
Training the orchestral musicianp. 180
The life of an orchestral musicianp. 194
Historical recordings of orchestrasp. 203
The orchestral composerp. 218
Educational programmesp. 239
The future of the orchestrap. 251
Notesp. 265
Appendices
The constitution of selected orchestras, 1670-1865p. 272
Orchestras founded in the nineteenth centuryp. 275
Orchestras founded in the twentieth centuryp. 277
Select bibliographyp. 284
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780521806589
ISBN-10: 0521806585
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.76