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Similarly for the third with the basses. BeethovenGluckWeber and Spontini have thus used the piccolo in a manner which is at once imaginative, original and sound.

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

The composer can be sure that they will not run out of breath. Great importance seems orchsetration be attached nowadays to this art of instrumentation, which was unknown at the start of the orchesration century; sixty years ago, many who were regarded as true friends of music tried to hinder its development. The timbre of the trombones, so incisive and domineering, is far from similar to that of the ophicleide.

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. What virtuoso players attempt in this style of playing, in their fantasias and variations, is hardly likely to demonstrate the opposite.

All the more so as composers usually do not have the excuse of an original rhythm which they might want to enhance and bring out over subsidiary rhythms. This method is probably far superior to the opposite one which most contemporary French and Italian composers have now adopted.

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Courier Corporation- Music – pages. In this case, to give the clarinet a sound as vague and remote as possible, I had the instrument wrapped in a leather bag to serve as a mute.


The orchestra may be thought of as a large instrument that is capable of producing simultaneously or in succession a multitude of sounds of different kinds. Harold in Italy3rd movement, bars No other available instrument could produce this kind of harmonious flutter which the piano has no difficulty in rendering, and which the sylph-like character of the piece requires.

The result is that they dominate instead of blending with the whole, and the instrumental writing becomes shrill and harsh instead of being sonorous and harmonious. Nowadays violas are often divided into first and second. Let us just say that instrumentation is at the head of the march and has reached the stage of exaggeration.

Its sonority is not very powerful, and its timbre, bberlioz devoid of brightness or nobility, has a propensity towards the grotesque, which must always be kept in mind when it is given a prominent part. These cause each key to sound both the fundamental note and the octave or double octave of the note, or the double octave without the octave, or even the octave above and the octave below simultaneously.

An overview of berioz the orchestra functions as a whole and its development throughout history. I cannot guess why. 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 the first is an alto trombone.

Treatise On Instrumentation

These results will probably be modified in a thousand other ways, good or bad, by composers who adopt them. Joyful melodies must always fear from this instrument some loss of whatever nobility they may have, and if they have none, an enhancement of their triviality.

It must also be admitted that in an orchestra a single trombone on its own almost always seems more or orchesttration out of place. Clearly all was lost.

Even Beethoven is very sparing in his used of stopped notes when he is not writing a solo part for the horns. They are suitable for a whole range of soft or loud nuances for which the other sticks would produce a very poor effect or would at least be inadequate.


They treatisw not merely threaten, they proclaim, they sing instead of roaring. On the other hand when M. This makes it superior to any other instrument when the intention is to move by reviving images and feelings from the past, and when the composer wishes to touch the hidden chords of tender memories.

Care should be taken in this case orchestrattion provide numerous tuning forks in the orchestra; this is the only way to preserve exactly the correct pitch of a crowd of instruments that are so different in character and temperament.

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One common practice to give great power to a passage for the violins is to have the first violins doubled by the seconds playing an octave below; but if the passage is not written too high it is much better to have all the violins playing in unison. Most users should sign in with their email address. There is nothing that is more appropriate for the idea of poetic festivals or religious celebrations than the sounds of a large number of harps when deployed in an beriloz way.

The ignorance of the middle ages, groping for the laws of harmony, must probably be credited with the introduction into organs of these monstrosities which routine has treatisw and bequeathed to us.

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