1st Edition

The Technique of Orchestration - Textbook and Workbook Set

    520 Pages 681 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Technique of Orchestration, Seventh Edition, is the definitive textbook on the study of orchestration, offering a concise, straight-to-the-point approach that prepares students to score their own compositions with confidence. Updated to reflect developments in instruments and orchestral best practices, this seventh edition features:

    • Copious musical examples spanning the history of the orchestra
    • Detailed descriptions of instruments and their distinctive characteristics
    • Explanations of how to score chords and transcribe piano idioms
    • Discussions on specialized ensembles and scoring techniques

    New musical examples have been added throughout and listening lists have been revised to include more music by women and composers of color, representing a diverse musical catalogue. Supported by an accompanying workbook of scores and scoring exercises (available separately), as well as a robust listening program keyed to the textbook, The Technique of Orchestration, Seventh Edition, is an accessible, essential, all-in-one resource for the student of orchestration.

    This two-book paperback package (978-1-032-48210-1) contains both the textbook and the accompanying workbook.


    Chapter 1: Introduction / Chapter 2: The Strings / Chapter 3: The String Orchestra / Chapter 4: Bowing and Special Effects / Chapter 5: The Woodwinds / Chapter 6: The Woodwind Section / Chapter 7: The Horn / Chapter 8: The Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba / Chapter 9: The Brass Section / Chapter 10: Scoring Chords for Each Section and for Orchestra / Chapter 11: Problems in Transcribing Piano Music / Chapter 12: Scoring for Woodwinds, Horns, and Strings / Chapter 13: The Percussion: Instruments of Definite Pitch / Chapter 14: The Percussion: Instruments of Indefinite Pitch / Chapter 15: The Harp, Celesta, and Piano / Chapter 16: Scoring for Full Orchestra / Chapter 17: Special Devices / Chapter 18: Infrequently Used Instruments / Chapter 19: Scoring for High School Orchestra / Chapter 20: Preparing Score and Parts / Chapter 21: Nonorchestral Instrumental Groups / Appendix A: List of Foreign Names for Instruments and Orchestral Terms / Appendix B: Ranges of Instruments / Appendix C: Electronic Instruments / Appendix D: Vocal and Choral Range / Bibliography / Index


    STRINGS / J. S. Bach, (harmonization) WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT / CRUSADERS' HYMN / J. S. Bach, (harmonization) AUS TIEFER NOT / J. S. Bach, SARABANDE from the First French Suite / Exercises in Bowing; Use of Alto and Tenor Clefs (selected fragments) / Exercises in Bowing; Use of Alto and Tenor Clefs (selected fragments) / Mozart, SONATA IN B-flat MAJOR, third movement / Exercise in Error Detection (strings) based on TRÄUMEREI from SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD / Brahms, ROMANZE, Op. 118, No. 5 / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 10, No. 3 / Schumann, PAPILLONS, No. 5 / Mennin, ARIA, from FIVE PIANO PIECES / Exercises in Writing Multiple Stops / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 13 (for writing multiple stops) / Exercises in Reading and Notating String Harmonics / Vaughan Williams, FANTASIA ON "GREENSLEEVES," score study / WOODWINDS / Exercises in Notating Transposing Woodwinds (selected fragments) / Exercises in Error Detection (woodwinds) based on Haydn SONATA in D / Schubert, SONATA, Op. 122, first movement / Kuhlau, SONATINA, Op. 55, No. 4, second movement / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 2, No. 3, third movement / Bartók, No. 21 from LITTLE PIECES FOR CHILDREN, Vol. 1 / J. S. Bach (harmonization), CHRISTUS, DER 1ST MEIN LEBEN / Hindemith, FUGA SECUNDA in G, from LUDUS TONALIS / BRASS / Conversion of Parts for Horns and Trumpets in Various Keys to Concert Pitches / J. S. Bach, (harmonization) O HAUPT VOLL BLUT UNO WUNDEN / AMERICA / Morley, DAMON AND PHILLIS from CANZONETS OR LITTLE SHORT AIRS TO FIVE AND SIX VOICES / Grieg, SAILOR'S SONG / Schumann, WAR SONG, from ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG / Mussorgsky, PROMENADE, from PICTURES FROM AN EXHIBITION / Bartók, FOLK SONG, No. 8 from TEN EASY PIECES for piano / Bartók, CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA, second movement, score study / SCORING OF CHORDS / Chords for Orchestra, score study / For woodwinds in pairs; for full woodwind section; for brass; for strings / For "average" orchestra; for large orchestra / For woodwinds in pairs; for brass; for woodwinds in pairs and two horns / For "average" orchestra; for large orchestra / PROBLEMS IN TRANSCRIBING PIANO MUSIC / Transcribing Piano Music for Orchestra, score study / Rearrangement of pianistic figures (selected fragments) / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 10, No. 3, first movement / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 22, first movement / SCORING FOR WOODWINDS, HORNS, AND STRINGS / Scoring for Woodwinds, Horns and Strings, score study / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 90, first movement / Tchaikovsky, AT CHURCH, from ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG / Chopin, NOCTURNE, Op. 55, no 1 (fragment to be scored four ways) / Beethoven, SONATA, Op. 27, No. 1, fourth movement / Brahms, VARIATIONS AND FUGUE ON A THEME BY HANDEL, Var. X / Kabalevsky, SONATINA, Op. 13, No. 1 / PERCUSSION / Schumann, IMPORTANT EVENT, from SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD (timpani part) / Kavalevsky, PRELUDE 24 from 24 PRELUDES (percussion parts) / Prokofiev, MARCH from THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES (percussion parts) / HARP / Kennan, Harp Exercises (rewriting enharmonically) / Kennan, Harp Exercises (rewriting, setting pedals for glissandos) / ORCHESTRA / Bartek, No. 12 from FIFTEEN HUNGARIAN PEASANT SONGS / CRUSADERS' HYMN / Exercise in Error Detection (orchestra) / Bartek, No. 1 from FIFTEEN HUNGARIAN PEASANT SONGS / Schumann, FANTASIA, Op. 17 / MacDowell, A DESERTED FARM / Tcherepnine, FANTASIA, Op. 17 / Grieg, NOTTURNO, Op. 54, No. 4 / Schubert, SONATA, Op. 143, first movement / Copland, HEART, WE WILL FORGET HIM from EIGHT SONGS OF EMILY DICKINSON / Kennan, Exercises in Scoring in the Styles of Debussy and Strauss / J. S. Bach, FUGUE VII from THE WELL TEMPERED CLAVIER, Book II / Brahms, RHAPSODY, Op. 79, No. 1 / Griffes, THE WHITE PEACOCK from THREE ROMAN SKETCHES / Rochberg, BAGATELLE 8 from TWELVE BAGATELLES / Prokofiev, MARCH, Op. 12, No. 1 / SCORING FOR HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA / Debussy, GOLLIWOGG'S CAKE WALK, from THE CHILDREN'S CORNER


    Kent Kennan (1913-2003) was an American composer and Professor Emeritus of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Donald Grantham is an award-winning composer and the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.