7th Edition

The Technique of Orchestration

By Kent Kennan, Donald Grantham Copyright 2024
    418 Pages 597 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 597 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.

    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


    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.