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Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs : Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and Commentary - Hector Berlioz

Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs

Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and Commentary


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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 19th century. This is the first new 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.

"When I received the book, I confidently expected a good modern translation of this seminal work on orchestration and an informative commentary. My expectations were exceeded in both respects. A better translation and commentary than the present one can scarcely be imagined. Indeed, as far as commentary is concerned, this book is an essential reference tool for scholars of every nationality and for all performers of Berlioz's music." Journal of Musicological Research

List of illustrationsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
A note on the editionp. xxxiii
A note on the translationp. xxxvi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxvii
List of abbreviationsp. xxxviii
The Treatise
Introductionp. 3
Bowed stringsp. 7
The violinp. 7
The violap. 34
The viola d'amorep. 42
The cellop. 45
The double bassp. 54
Plucked stringsp. 64
The harpp. 64
The guitarp. 80
The mandolinp. 88
Strings with keyboardp. 90
The pianop. 90
Wind: Introductionp. 98
Wind with reedsp. 102
The oboep. 102
The cor anglaisp. 108
The bassoonp. 112
The tenoroonp. 116
The contrabassoonp. 116
The clarinetsp. 117
The alto clarinetp. 131
The bass clarinetp. 132
The basset hornp. 133
Improvements in the clarinet familyp. 134
Wind without reedsp. 137
The flutep. 137
The piccolop. 146
Other flutesp. 149
Wind with keyboardp. 153
The organp. 153
Brass with mouthpiecep. 164
The hornp. 164
The piston or cylinder hornp. 180
The trumpetp. 185
The cornetp. 193
The trombonep. 208
The alto valve trombonep. 228
The bugle or clarionp. 229
The keyed buglep. 231
The piston or cylinder buglep. 232
The bass ophicleidep. 232
The alto ophicleidep. 237
The contrabass ophicleidep. 237
The bombardon in Fp. 238
The bass tubap. 239
Woodwind with mouthpiecep. 242
The serpentp. 242
The Russian bassoonp. 244
Voicesp. 246
Pitched percussionp. 265
The timpanip. 265
Bellsp. 274
Jeu de timbresp. 276
The glockenspielp. 276
The keyboard harmonicap. 278
The antique cymbalsp. 278
Unpitched percussionp. 280
The bass drump. 280
Cymbalsp. 283
The tamtamp. 286
The tambourinep. 286
The side drump. 288
The tenor drump. 289
The trianglep. 290
The Turkish crescentp. 292
Other instrumentsp. 293
New instrumentsp. 296
The saxophonep. 296
Saxhornsp. 301
Saxotrombasp. 304
Saxtubasp. 305
The concertinap. 305
Alexandre's melodiump. 311
Alexandre pianos and melodiums (with sustaining device)p. 314
The octobassp. 316
The orchestrap. 319
The conductor and his artp. 336
Berlioz's writing on instrumentsp. 366
Bibliographyp. 371
General indexp. 377
Index of Berlioz's worksp. 385
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ISBN: 9780521239530
ISBN-10: 0521239532
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 430
Published: 10th June 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.96