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Textures and timbres : an orchestrator's handbook

Author: Henry Brant
Publisher: New York, NY : C. Fischer, ©2009.
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From his childhood on, Henry Brant had undertaken a study of the existing much-admired orchestration texts (some with wide circulation). In many of them he discovered not only errors of fact, but also significant areas of omission. In consequence, many of the new works he heard at orchestral concerts were expressed in unbalanced sonorities and in timbral qualities of poor resonance. It seemed apparent to Brant that,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Brant
ISBN: 9780825868276 0825868270
OCLC Number: 441516408
Description: xii, 257 pages : music ; 29 cm
Contents: Classification of instruments in groups according to tone-quality --
Groups of closely related instrumental timbres --
Harmonic balance --
Volume --
The arrangement of timbres in harmonic situations --
The arrangement of timbres in contrapuntal situations --
Dissonance --
Consonance --
Unisons --
Octaves and double octaves --
General types of musical material --
Uniformity in the number of notes in successive chords --
Uniformity in articulation --
Vibrato --
The termination of long notes --
Joints and separations --
Extreme registers --
Which comes first, composing the music or choosing the timbres? --
The piano as a pitch guide in preparing musical material for orchestration --
Equivalents of the piano's damper pedal --
Simulated bell timbres --
Wind timbres --
The four wind-timbre groups, studied separately --
The four wind-timbre groups in combinations --
Percussion timbres --
Classification of percussion instruments by dynamic range --
Definite-pitched percussion --
Indefinite-pitched percussion --
Definite- and indefinite-pitched percussion together--
The roll --
Composing for percussion --
Definite-pitched percussion with winds --
The piano as an orchestral instrument --
Pizzicato timbres --
Pizzicato group and piano staccato --
Pizzicato group and definite-pitched percussion with piano staccato --
Pizzicati in unison with winds (groups I, II, and III) --
The bowed strings --
Wind-groups I and II with bowed strings --
Bowed strings with horns and saxophones (wind-group III) --
Bowed strings with open trumpets and trombones (wind-group IV) --
Bowed strings with open tuba and euphonium (wind-group IV) --
Tutti formations --
Epilog.
Other Titles: Orchestrator's handbook
Responsibility: Henry Brant.

Abstract:

From his childhood on, Henry Brant had undertaken a study of the existing much-admired orchestration texts (some with wide circulation). In many of them he discovered not only errors of fact, but also significant areas of omission. In consequence, many of the new works he heard at orchestral concerts were expressed in unbalanced sonorities and in timbral qualities of poor resonance. It seemed apparent to Brant that, "a set of practical guides to the actual sound of the instruments (rather than to hoped-for evocations of mystic visions) would simplify the task of conductors, instrumentalists and audiences alike." Textures and Timbres is such an effort. At age twelve (1925), Henry Brant began keeping notebooks of orchestral combinations. Over the years, he continued this practice. In the early 1940s he decided to prepare a new orchestration textbook; and its last page was not written until late 2005. Since the materials for Textures and Timbres are consistendy based on real-life experimentation, the writing necessarily occupied several decades. The process was closely interwoven with Brant's entire career, running parallel to it. He adapted the book's materials from his extensive commercial work in radio, from interactions with his orchestration classes at The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Bennington College, from his numerous orchestrations of documentary and Hollywood films, as well as from his own experimental composing and his years spent in orchestrating Charles Ives's Concord Sonata (A Concord Symphony, which was completed in 1994). Textures and Timbres is the result of a single conception that began in boyhood and continued as a lifelong pursuit: an acute interest in experimentation with orchestral combinations [Publisher description].

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