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The birth of the orchestra : history of an institution, 1650-1815

Author: John Spitzer; Neal Zaslaw
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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Traces the emergence of the orchestra from 16th-century string bands to the "classical" orchestras of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spitzer, John, 1945-
Birth of the orchestra.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)639673172
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Spitzer; Neal Zaslaw
ISBN: 0198164343 9780198164340 0195189558 9780195189551
OCLC Number: 52485404
Description: xviii, 614 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Pre-orchestral ensembles --
Lully's orchestra --
Corelli's orchestra --
The orchestra in Italy --
The orchestra in France --
The orchestra in Germany --
The orchestra in England --
The classical orchestra --
Placement, seating, and acoustics --
Orchestral performance practices --
The life and times of an eighteenth-century orchestra musician --
The birth of orchestration --
The meaning of the orchestra.
Responsibility: John Spitzer and Neal Zaslaw.
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