Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. “For its time the most comprehensive treatment of the Orchestration (Dover Books on Music) – Kindle edition by Cecil Forsyth. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. CECIL FORSYTH. Fortunately, almost all orchestral instruments produce musical These air-waves, as far as the art of orchestration goes, are set. In this classic manual, a noted English composer describes 57 orchestral instruments (ca Writing with wit, grace, and good sense, Forsyth created a formidably.

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Then in Monteverdi made a well-known suggestion for the orchestration of his opera Orfeo. And as the Baroque era unfolded, the concept of orchestrations began to evolve, achieving a notable clarity and the acceptance of a keyboard instrument as an integral part of the ensemble.

Orchestration by Cecil Forsyth

Toward the middle of the 18th century, stylistic changes in instrumental music, e. Finally, in the early 18th century, increasing awareness of the importance of internal balance, certain ideals of blended sound, and firmly established instrumental characteristics enabled orchestration to take its place as an academic discipline beside harmony and counterpoint. In fforsyth classic manual, a noted English composer describes 57 orchestral instruments ca. Not only are the history and evolution of each instrument fully discussed, the author also explores the techniques of each instrument, as well as players’ impressions about what they must play.

The result is an unparalleled insight into the inner working of an orchestra — a vivid impression of what it is like to be a violinist, clarinetist, trombonist, or other orchestral player.

While there have been numerous developments in instrumental technique on an individual basis since the book’s first publication, most of what Forsyth says is still valid. Writing with wit, grace, and good sense, Forsyth created a formidably thorough, comprehensive, and informative krchestration that has instructed and influenced generations of composers, conductors, musicians, and musicologists.

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Showing of 21 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a cecll filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Even if this book has been around for quite a while, it’s still very useful for a musician looking to understand the instruments, rather than dig into orchestration. It even has dad-style jokes on it, that adds to its charm see the picture.

This is a classic work that breaks down the sections of the orchestra, with descriptions and histories of each instrument that orchestratikn up the percussion, string, woodwind, and brass section. It also includes unusual instruments like bagpipes.

It details the range of each instrument and includes examples of notation for each. I find this book very interesting and informative. Definitely, in order to write truly superb orchestrations one must work with actual instrumentalists, but for preliminary details and such, this book is a great reference in regards to the information contained within it not to mention its historical value.

One person found this helpful. This is one of my favorite orchestration books, recommend. The material is excellent and was immediately put to use. The term Instrumentation is often exchanged with Orchestration and they are not one and the same.


First one teaches you how an instrument is designed and it works. Totally different skill set.

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I’ve got a small shelf of orchestration books and this is easily the best of the lot. While it doesn’t talk as much about combinations of instruments as Rimsky-Korsakoff’s book, it provides detailed and practical information on each of the instruments it covers.

Yes, it’s old and the state of the art has advanced on some instruments, but that has little impact on just how wonderful this book is. See all 21 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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