Technique of Orchestration and CD Recording Package The (6th Edition) Hardcover – 2002
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The Technique of Orchestration and CD Recording Package (6th Edition)
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- basic introduction to various configurations of orchestras
- all the instruments individually described & photographed
- idiosyncracies, limits, abilities of each instrument
- the realistic note ranges of each instrument
- scoring for sections (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion)
- excerpts from real scores demonstrate techniques
- some important aspects of color/blend/orch.texture
- arranging for school orchestras, smaller groups
- contains small suggested assignments and listening refs.
Personally, I am using it as a reference for working with a sampler-based orchestra, to give me better insight towards creating more realistic arrangements and mockups.
The book still has the same general format in considering each family of instruments together and has all the good information of the previous editions. However, there is more information, better photographs, improved explanations, well chosen examples, great suggested readings, listenings, and assignments. And the included CD has over 90 short examples of the sounds any orchestrator needs to have in his or her mind when putting pen to paper (or pointing a mouse to the staff on a computer). The first few dozen are different versions of the same two measures of the Bach chorale designated in the book so the student can compare a variety of ways to set that four part chorale for various families of instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, and in various combinations). Then several dozen orchestral chords of various combinations are provided. Every example is designated in the book and explicitly identified on the CD.
The appendices are also quite useful and contain ready references on ranges and specialized considerations. I especially appreciate the addition of vocal ranges since it is quite common to use voices with orchestras.
This is a terrific text for students, for teachers because the information is so well presented, and for reference after school. Heck, if all you do is read orchestral scores while listening to music, this book can be most helpful in helping you understand the instruments you are hearing and their transpositions.
Most wonderfully done.
Overall, I think Kennan's book is good for the beginning orchestration student, with lots of practical information and exercises, but I wish that some of its more problematic aspects could be changed or updated.
Along with the basic need to know information, you will find it packed with musical examples of each instrument as well as in context with relative sections and the entire orchestra.
Also there are suggested assignments and suggested listening at the end of each chapter. This is invaluble in assimilating and applying the vast amount of information presented here - especially if you don't have access to a live orchestra.
Any aspiring composer or orchestrator should consider this book a "must have" - pick it up, you won't regret it.