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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.

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.
Author(s): Dave Black, Tom Gerou

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.
Author(s): Alfred Blatter

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.
Author(s): Andrea Pejrolo, Richard DeRosa

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.
Author(s): Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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.
Author(s): Samuel Adler

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.
Author(s): Samuel Adler

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.
Author(s): R.J. Miller

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

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!
Author(s): Dave Black, Tom Gerou

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.
Author(s): Chenwei Wang, Junyi Chow, et al.

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.
Author(s): Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss

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.
Author(s): Adam Carse

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.
Author(s): George Frederick McKay, Frederick Leslie McKay

Best Orchestration Books You Must Read

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Practical Process Automation: Orchestration and Integration in Microservices and Cloud Native Architectures

Author(s): Bernd Ruecker
ID: 3057089, Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Year: 2021, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf

Introducing Azure Kubernetes Service: A Practical Guide To Container Orchestration

Author(s): Steve Buchanan, Janaka Rangama, Ned Bellavance
ID: 2447881, Publisher: Apress, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Introducing Azure Kubernetes Service: A Practical Guide to Container Orchestration

Author(s): Steve Buchanan, Janaka Rangama, Ned Bellavance
ID: 2474146, Publisher: Apress, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

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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