Cambridge Core – Nineteenth-Century Music – Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise – edited by Hugh Macdonald. Berlioz’s orchestration treatise is a classic textbook which has been used as – Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and Commentary -. revise the “Treatise on Instrumentation” by Hector. Berlioz . composition and orchestration with therich expressive On the other hand, even Berlioz’ orchestral.

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The extreme delicacy of the harmonics is enhanced in this passage by the use of mutes; with the sound thus reduced the notes come from the highest regions of the musical scale, which could hardly be reached by the use of normal violin sounds. Such is the case with the passage from the storm of the Pastoral Symphonywhich conveys so well the suggestion of a violent wind charged with rain and of the dull rumbling of a squall. I have never been able to hear from a distance military music without being deeply moved by the feminine timbre of clarinets and being filled with images of that kind, as after the reading of ancient epic poems.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. They do not merely threaten, they proclaim, they sing instead of roaring. Dover Books on Music Paperback: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

The resulting sounds produce accompaniments which singers appreciate, as they do not cover their voices. Here music is far from our national habits, the government does everything for theatres, but nothing for real music. Hence its priceless ability to produce a distant sound, the echo of an echo, a sound like twilight.

In general the organ is meant for total domination, it is a jealous and intolerant instrument. Bells have been introduced into orchestral writing to produce effects that are dramatic rather than musical.


The composer must always be careful to indicate the duration he wishes to give to cymbal strokes that are followed by a rest.

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Beethoven sometimes used it in pairs, as with trumpets, but the established practice of writing it for three parts seems to me preferable. For example to reproduce in a musical way the great images of the mass for tfeatise dead in a RequiemI have used four small orchestras of brass instruments trumpets, trombones, cornets and ophicleides placed some distance from each other at the four corners of the large orchestra. The orchesttration conductors and orchestral coaches will rehearse on their own, following the same method:.

There is nothing more vulgar, I would even say more monstrous and less designed to blend with the rest of the orchestra than those more or less fast passages written as solos for the middle range of the ophicleide in some modern operas. The first and second ebrlioz separately, then all the violins together.

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This is a classic text on orchestration. Formerly opera orchestras were always made up of string instruments in numerical proportion to the mass of the other instruments; but for some years now things have changed. For composers and music lovers it is therefore an assistant of unquestionable usefulness.

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Berlioz Treatise on orchestration

It has therefore been used in a modern symphony to parody, degrade and vilify a melody; the dramatic purpose of the work required this strange transformation [this refers to the last movement of the Symphonie Fantastique ] […]. He will then select coaches for each orcchestration of the vocal and instrumental groups. It should be noted that in this example and in many other passages Beethoven has given to the basses low notes which they cannot play, and this suggests that the orchestra for which he wrote included double basses which could reach down to C an octave below the low C of the cellos, which are no longer found today.


Who can’t learn from a master? See all customer images. One can learn what is suitable for the various instruments, what can or cannot be played on them, what is easy or difficult, and what sounds well or not. This can be seen in the solo in the minor in the recapitulation of the 1st movement of the symphony in A [ example: I used them for the first time in three parts, in the scherzo of a symphony [ Romeo and TreatuseQueen Mab scherzobar and following], above a fourth, non-harmonic, violin part which consists of a continuous trill on the lower note.

All rights of publication or reproduction of this material in any form, including Web page use, are reserved. The book discusses the various technical aspects of instruments, such as chromatic rangetone qualityand limitations. This book was recommended to me by Amazon, having bought many similar titles in the past. No one in my view has made a more dramatic use of this special sound of the trombones than Spontini in the incomparable funeral march of La Vestale: Then it was not possible at the time to write for orchestrxtion distinctive parts which required from the players a normal degree of proficiency.

Their turn to be noticed, rejected, accepted, repressed, liberated and exaggerated only came later.