Treatise on Instrumentation (Dover Books on Music) [Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most influential. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Hector ioned. Berlioz was one of the first composers to deal greatly with orchestration. In this treatise he talks about what the different sounds that instruments make (tone.

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The true reason is that it had not occurred to them to make use of this special timbre.

For technical reasons it is not possible to reproduce the vocal examples, but the purely instrumental examples are now almost all available on a page entitled Predecessors and Contemporaries. But it should be noted in such cases that the sound of the bass trombone always tends to predominate over the other two, especially if treahise first is an alto trombone. In general the organ is meant for total domination, it is a jealous and intolerant instrument. Melody did all the same instrimentation hold, but the reaction over melody was not long in coming.

Let us say immediately that the same is true of the majority of wind instruments. Cymbals are often used treatose conjunction with beerlioz bass drum, but as I have just said about the latter instrument, they can be used separately to excellent effect in many circumstances. The assistant conductors and orchestral coaches will rehearse on their own, following the same method:.

The need for runs of this kind is extremely rare, and we confess we have not yet come across it. With illustrative full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Gluck, Weber, Wagner, and others, and numerous smaller musical examples. It must also be admitted that in an orchestra a single trombone on its own almost insteumentation seems more or less out of place. Among all percussion instruments the timpani seem to me the most valuable, or at least those which are most commonly used, and from which instrumentahion composers have been able to draw the greatest number of picturesque or dramatic effects.

It can also convey a degree of agitation, but one must be careful not to intensify this to cries of passion, to vehement outbursts of anger, threats or heroism: Many composers studied the work closely, such as MussorgskyMahlerR. The normal practice is to write two parts for cornets, often in two different keys.


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But the finest concert orchestra, for a hall scarcely larger than that of the Conservatoirethe most complete, the richest in nuances and variety of tone colour, the most majestic, powerful and at the same time the most mellow, would be an orchestra composed as follows:.

Les Francs-jugesOp. Examples from Gluck […]. It is just a matter of knowing how to let them speak. InRichard Strauss was asked to update the text to include some modern instruments and included musical examples from Wagner, and in the updated Treatise with a new preface by Strauss was published in German. It should be noted that in this example and in many berioz 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.

Here is a delightful example of the use of pizzicato in the second violins, violas and basses, while the first violins play arco. As with the bass drum, cymbals, timpani, trombones, and all instruments that have a thunderous, explosive or reverberating sound, the triangle is nowadays deplorably misused.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The best layout for performers, in a hall which is suitably proportioned in relation to the numbers involved, is to raise them one above the other by a series of tiers set out so in such a way that each row can project the sounds it makes to the audience without any intervening obstacle.

The first instrumfntation will rehearse on their own the first sopranos, then the second, then the first and second together. The book discusses the various technical aspects of instruments, such as trdatise rangetone qualityand limitations.

This odious commonplace has now been abandoned at last.

Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, Op.10 (Berlioz, Hector)

I assume he is thoroughly familiar, down to the smallest detailswith the score he is going to perform. But the instrukentation of tolerating this state of affairs are becoming increasingly obvious, and gradually the viola, like other instruments, will cease to be entrusted to any but competent hands. There is a magnificent example of the use of this device in the final explosion of the duet ” Gardez vous de la jalousie!


But there is a further point.

When the aim is to force open sounds, composers usually require that the players turn the bells upward, to make the sound as forceful as possible. It is Weber in my opinion who more than any other master has succeeded in making the most original, poetic and complete use of the instrument.

Theatre directors nowadays have no excuse to tolerate misdeeds of this kind, since for a modest outlay they can acquire, if not a pipe organ, at least a melodium-organ which is almost adequate as a substitute. Even Beethoven is very sparing in his used of stopped notes when he is not writing a solo part for the horns. 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: It requires little space and is portable.

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No need to add that in this system the bass drum is almost never used without the accompaniment of cymbals, as though these two instruments were by their nature inseparable.

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

But this would involve something very different, and the composer who wanted to show off the prodigious and innumerable resources of such an instrument would certainly have to perform a novel task. It is very characteristic, even when only those two instruments are used, but the impact can be increased by a sharp stroke on the timpani together with a brief chord on the remaining instruments.

At no time in the history of music has so much been said as at present about Instrumentation.