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Best Orchestration Books You Must Read

Looking for the best Orchestration books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Orchestration (1955)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadIn this book Walter Piston again displays those qualities that distinguished his earlier books, Harmony and Counterpoint. Again he draws upon his own wide knowledge and experience as composer and teacher to present all phases of the subject. No practical aspect of instrumentation for the orchestra is neglected, and comprehensive treatment is given to each significant component. The author approaches orchestration from the premise that the principles can best be presented by analysis of music as it has been written.The essentials of instrument combination discussed here are those which can be observed operating…
Author(s): Walter Piston

2. Essential Dictionary of Orchestration: The Most Practical and Comprehensive Resource for Composers, Arrangers and Orchestrators (Essential Dictionary Series) (1998)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadAt last, an orchestration book tailor-made for the classroom musician on a budget. Any teacher, student or professional musician, whether a composer, orchestrator, arranger, performer or enthusiast will find this thoroughly comprehensive dictionary full of the most needed information on over 150 instruments. Designed for quick and easy reference, the Essential Dictionary of Orchestration includes those much-needed instrument ranges, general characteristics, tone quality descriptions, technical pitfalls, useful scoring tips and much more! #147,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #183…
Author(s): Dave Black, Tom Gerou

3. Instrumentation and Orchestration (1997)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadAn accessible and complete introduction to writing and scoring music for each instrument of the orchestra. Clear explanations, vivid descriptions of various instruments, expert advice, and numerous musical examples to maximize the student’s understanding of concepts being presented. A valuable resource and reference for students in their future professional endeavors, this text maximizes its usefulness beyond the classroom. #650,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1317 in Music (Books) #408 in Music Composition (Books) #14016 in Education (Books)…
Author(s): Alfred Blatter

4. Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer (2016)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadAcoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer, Second Edition provides effective explanations and illustrations to teach you how to integrate traditional approaches to orchestration with the use of the modern sequencing techniques and tools available to today’s composer. By covering both approaches, Pejrolo and DeRosa offer a comprehensive and multifaceted learning experience that will develop your orchestration and sequencing skills and enhance your final productions. A leading manual on its subject, the second edition allows experienced composers and producers to be…
Author(s): Andrea Pejrolo, Richard DeRosa

5. Principles of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music) (1964)

Best Orchestration Books You Must Read“To orchestrate is to create, and this cannot be taught,” wrote Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, the great Russian composer whose genius for brilliant, highly colored orchestration is unsurpassed. But invention, in all art, is closely allied to technique, and technique can be taught. This book, therefore, which differs from most other texts on the subject because of its tremendous wealth of musical examples and its systematic arrangement of material according to each constituent of the orchestra, will undoubtedly be of value to any music student. It is a music…
Author(s): Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

6. Workbook: for The Study of Orchestration, Fourth Edition (2016)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadThe Study of Orchestration Workbook features a wide variety of exercises―many new to this edition―for any orchestration class and students of all skill levels. Test Yourself activities test factual information presented in the text, Worksheets offer opportunities to practice orchestrating short passages, and Listen and Score activities challenge students to identify and notate instrumentation aurally. #90,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #190 in Music Theory (Books) #169 in Music (Books) #7 in Music Conducting (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Samuel Adler

7. The Study of Orchestration (Fourth Edition) (2016)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadThe book that set the standard for orchestration texts. Written by a renowned composer whose works have been performed by major orchestras around the world, The Study of Orchestration is the only text that explores the characteristics of orchestral instruments and shows students how a master composer approaches orchestration. The Fourth Edition invites students to experience the instruments through online audio and video recordings and now offers more coverage of writing for band. #101,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #194 in Music (Books) #8 in Music Conducting…
Author(s): Samuel Adler

8. Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians (2014)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadContemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians teaches students how to orchestrate for a wide variety of instruments, ensembles, and genres, while preparing them for various real-world professional settings ranging from the concert hall to the recording studio. Unlike most orchestration texts, it includes coverage of contemporary instruments and ensembles alongside traditional orchestra and chamber ensembles. Features #1,654,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3430 in Music (Books) #183 in Music Conducting (Books) #1012 in Music Composition…
Author(s): R.J. Miller

9. Sounds and Scores : A Practical Guide to Professional Orchestration (1993)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadA practical guide to professional orchestration featuring recorded musical examples performed by Henry Mancini. Included in the book are sections on the woodwinds, brass, the rhythm section, and the string section. A recording is included to follow along with the printed scores. #432,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #506 in Musicals & Film Songbooks #126 in Orchestra #266 in Music Composition (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Henry Mancini

10. Essentials of Orchestration (2009)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadAt last, a quick reference orchestration book tailor-made for the teacher, student, or professional musician on a budget. Useful for the composer, orchestrator, arranger, performer, or enthusiast, Essentials of Orchestration is full of the most-needed information on more than 150 instruments. This book includes instrument ranges, general characteristics, tone quality descriptions, technical pitfalls, useful scoring tips, and much more! #334,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #467 in Music Reference (Books) #216 in Music Composition (Books) #460 in Music Encyclopedias Would you like to ?If you…
Author(s): Dave Black, Tom Gerou

11. The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2019)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadThe TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra is a seminal guide to equip composers, scholars and music enthusiasts worldwide with the necessary knowledge to work with Chinese musical instruments. The INSTRUMENTATION section outlines the history, physical attributes and performance techniques of Chinese musical instruments in detail. It also includes practical scoring advice for composers and reference charts for fingerings and chords. The ORCHESTRATION section contains systematic analyses of score excerpts from Chinese orchestra pieces spanning the last 60 years to demonstrate how Chinese musical instruments…
Author(s): Chenwei Wang, Junyi Chow, et al.

12. Treatise on Instrumentation (Dover Books on Music) (1991)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadThe most influential work of its kind ever written, appraising the musical qualities and potential of over 60 commonly used stringed, wind and percussion instruments. With 150 illustrative full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Gluck, Weber, Wagner, and others, and numerous smaller musical examples. Complete with Berlioz’ chapters on the orchestra and on conducting. Translated by Theodore Front. Foreword by Richard Strauss. Glossary. #169,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #29 in Late Romantic #4 in Berlioz #1 in Strauss, Richard Would you like to ?If you are a seller…
Author(s): Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss

13. The History of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music) (2012)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadThis well-known study by an eminent musicologist constitutes one of the best mid-level explorations of the nature and function of the orchestra. Tracing the beginnings of modern music from the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries, the survey presents forty-four musical excerpts and thirteen sketches of instruments, plus appendices and quotations related to conducting methods. Featured composers include Purcell, Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Debussy, Elgar, and many others.Author Adam Carse examines the…
Author(s): Adam Carse

14. Creative Orchestration: A Project Method For Classes In Orchestration And Instrumentation (2016)

Best Orchestration Books You Must ReadCreative Orchestration by American Composer George Frederick McKay (1899-1970) is highly regarded in academic circles for its direct and uncomplicated approach based on McKay’s 40 years of teaching music theory at the University of Washington, Seattle while using experiential methods with small groups of students. McKay himself had his music presented in the concert halls of America by the master conductors Stokowski, Beecham and Arthur Benjamin during his lifetime, along with hundreds of publications and other honors. He taught at Washington, USC, Oregon, Michigan and Drake…
Author(s): George Frederick McKay, Frederick Leslie McKay

Best Orchestration Books You Must Read

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Hands-On Kubernetes on Azure: Run your applications securely and at scale on the most widely adopted orchestration platform

Author(s): Shivakumar Gopalakrishnan; Gunther Lenz
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2391826

Cloud Data Design, Orchestration, and Management Using Microsoft Azure

Author(s): Francesco Diaz, Roberto Freato
Publisher: Apress, Year: 2018, Size: 21 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2249586

Container Orchestration in Security Demanding Environments at the Swedish Police Authority

Author(s): Christian Abdelmassih
Publisher: KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Year: 2018, Size: 944 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2274661

Practical LXC and LXD. Linux Containers for Virtualization and Orchestration

Author(s): Senthil Kumaran S.
Publisher: Apress, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2101882

Practical LXC and LXD : Linux Containers for Virtualization and Orchestration

Author(s): Kumaran S., Senthil
Publisher: Apress : Imprint: Apress, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2133612

Containerization with Ansible 2: Implement container management, deployment, and orchestration within the Ansible ecosystem

Author(s): Aric Renzo
Publisher: Packt Publishing - ebooks Account, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2186656

Service orchestration as organization : building multi-tenant service applications in the cloud

Author(s): Malinda Kapuruge; Jun Han, (Computer scientist); Alan Colman, (Computer scientist)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann an imprint of Elsevier, Year: 2014, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1289397

Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians

Author(s): R.J. Miller
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2014, Size: 39 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1372680

Service Orchestration as Organization

Author(s): Alan Colman, Jun Han, Malinda Kapuruge
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann, Year: 2014, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1539741

Capitalist Discipline: On the Orchestration of Corporate Games

Author(s): Arthur Wassenberg
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2013, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1479443

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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