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    Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise A Translation and Commentary

    ISBN-10: 0521239532
    ISBN-13: 9780521239530
    Author(s): Hugh Macdonald, John Butt, Laurence Dreyfus, Hector Berlioz
    Description: Berlioz's classic textbook has been used as a guide to orchestration & as a source book for the understanding both of his music & of orchestral practice in the 19th century. This translation is accompanied by Hugh Macdonald's commentary.
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    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 430
    Size: 7.10" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.936
    Language: English

    Berlioz's classic textbook has been used as a guide to orchestration & as a source book for the understanding both of his music & of orchestral practice in the 19th century. This translation is accompanied by Hugh Macdonald's commentary.

    French composer Hector Berlioz was one of the most influential composers of the romantic period in music. The son of a French physician, Berlioz showed an aptitude for music at an early age and taught himself to perform and compose. For a time, his father indulged his son's pastime, but in 1821 he sent the young Berlioz to Paris to study medicine. Although he attended lectures at the medical school there, Berlioz gave most of his attention to music, studying with a private music teacher and composing his own pieces. Finally, in 1826 Berlioz abandoned his medical studies and enrolled at the Paris Conservatory. To support himself, he gave music lessons and wrote articles on music. While at the Paris Conservatory, Berlioz applied for the Prix de Rome. He entered the contest four times before finally winning the prize in 1830. In that same year, Berlioz completed the Symphonie Fantastique, his most ambitious and well-known work. Based on Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey, the symphony is an example of program music, that is, music that represents a story or sequence of ideas. Berlioz developed the genre of program music into a highly regarded art, drawing themes from the works of William Shakespeare, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lord Byron, and Theophile Gautier. Because the unusual nature of his compositions failed to win him much recognition, Berlioz was forced to earn a living as a music critic and music librarian. By the time he was 34 years old, he had established a pattern in his career: Each new musical composition was greeted by a mixture of wild enthusiasm from younger composers and hostility from the entrenched musical establishment. Although he did achieve some measure of fame in later life, Berlioz's genius went largely unrecognized. Despondent in later years because of a broken marriage and financial problems, Berlioz composed the dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet. His last years were lived in bitterness and loneliness after the death of his second wife and his son. Berlioz has been called the greatest composer of melody since Mozart. He is also recognized as a master of the orchestra, having greatly expanded its expressive range through his profound understanding of individual instruments. Finally, his experimentation with new musical structures and meters freed younger composers from the strict requirements of classical musical forms and opened the way to other musical approaches. Berlioz died in Paris in 1869 after a long illness.

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    A note on the edition
    A note on the translation
    Acknowledgments
    List of abbreviations
    The Treatise
    Introduction
    Bowed strings
    The violin
    The viola
    The viola d'amore
    The cello
    The double bass
    Plucked strings
    The harp
    The guitar
    The mandolin
    Strings with keyboard
    The piano
    Wind: Introduction
    Wind with reeds
    The oboe
    The cor anglais
    The bassoon
    The tenoroon
    The contrabassoon
    The clarinets
    The alto clarinet
    The bass clarinet
    The basset horn
    Improvements in the clarinet family
    Wind without reeds
    The flute
    The piccolo
    Other flutes
    Wind with keyboard
    The organ
    Brass with mouthpiece
    The horn
    The piston or cylinder horn
    The trumpet
    The cornet
    The trombone
    The alto valve trombone
    The bugle or clarion
    The keyed bugle
    The piston or cylinder bugle
    The bass ophicleide
    The alto ophicleide
    The contrabass ophicleide
    The bombardon in F
    The bass tuba
    Woodwind with mouthpiece
    The serpent
    The Russian bassoon
    Voices
    Pitched percussion
    The timpani
    Bells
    Jeu de timbres
    The glockenspiel
    The keyboard harmonica
    The antique cymbals
    Unpitched percussion
    The bass drum
    Cymbals
    The tamtam
    The tambourine
    The side drum
    The tenor drum
    The triangle
    The Turkish crescent
    Other instruments
    New instruments
    The saxophone
    Saxhorns
    Saxotrombas
    Saxtubas
    The concertina
    Alexandre's melodium
    Alexandre pianos and melodiums (with sustaining device)
    The octobass
    The orchestra
    The conductor and his art
    Berlioz's writing on instruments
    Bibliography
    General index
    Index of Berlioz's works

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