Preface Contents of this page. It therefore seemed worthwhile to reproduce here substantial extracts from the work, with particular emphasis on those passages where Berlioz tries to define and explore the expressive possibilities of each instrument of the orchestra. These extracts are collected here on a page devoted entirely to the treatise also available in the original French. The organisation of the Treatise in chapters has therefore not been followed beyond chapter 1. Comparison may also be made with the Report written by Berlioz on the musical instruments exhibited in at the Great Exhibition in London, and available on this site both in the original French and in an English translation.
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Nicholas Thistlethwaite. Steven Botterill. Jonathan Kalb. Graham Strahle. Sebastian Virdung. Christopher Page. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. Home Learning. Description 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 nineteenth century.
This was the first English translation of Berlioz's complete text since , 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. Other books in this series. Add to basket. Ruckers Grant O'Brien. Bach Interpretation John Butt. Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise Hector Berlioz. The Clavichord Bernard Brauchli. The Early Pianoforte Stewart Pollens. Dante and the Mystical Tradition Steven Botterill. Beckett in Performance Jonathan Kalb. Musica Getutscht Sebastian Virdung. Summa Musice Christopher Page.
Table of contents List of illustrations; Preface; A note on the edition; A note on the translation; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; The Treatise; Introduction; 1. Bowed strings; 2. Plucked strings; 3. Strings with keyboard; 4. Wind: introduction; 5. Wind with reeds; 6. Wind without reeds; 7. Wind with keyboard; 8. Brass with mouthpiece; 9.
Woodwind with mouthpiece; Voices; Pitched percussion; Unpitched percussion; New instruments; The orchestra; The conductor and his art; Appendix: Berlioz's writing on instruments; Bibliography; General index; Index of Berlioz's works. Review quote "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. He is also author of Skryabin and Berlioz Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
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A Treatise upon Modern Instrumentation and Orchestration
It was first published in after being serialised in many parts prior to this date and had a chapter added by Berlioz on conducting in In , Richard Strauss was asked to update the text to include some modern instruments and added musical examples from Wagner, and in the updated Treatise with a new preface by Strauss was published in German. The book discusses the various technical aspects of instruments, such as chromatic range , tone quality , and limitations. An explanation of the role of particular instruments within the orchestra is also provided. The book also provides orchestral excerpts from classical scores to give examples of techniques discussed. These examples are sometimes of works by Berlioz himself, while Mozart , Wagner , Beethoven , and Gluck are also frequently cited. Many composers studied the work closely, such as Mussorgsky , Mahler , R.
Grand traité d'instrumentation et d'orchestration modernes, Op.10 (Berlioz, Hector)