The greatest drawback to this book is in my opinion not, as others have mentioned before, the exclusive use of Nikolai s own works, but rather the fact that the art of orchestration is explained too broadly This is not a good first book for a beginning orchestrator it s an incredibly fantastic second or third supplementary read about orchestration that should not be overlooked by anybody One example that stuck out to me was that Rimsky Korsakov began writing about orchestrating for the harp, and completely omitted clarification about the harp s pedals and how they function and how they may be a limiting factor when orchestrating He even mentioned that he would assume the reader is aware of the function of a harp s pedals Similarly there was little to no mention about the tuning mechanism of the timpani, and I m sure there are other examples that are just not coming to mind right at this moment All in all when it comes to details and practical methods for a beginner, Kennan s book is still my favorite.
My personal favorite part of this book is the last section about orchestrating for solo singers, or for a chorus, or for duets, trios, etc It seems as though some orchestration books forget that many composers write for singers, and the composer must take into account the voice that will be performing the work as well This book is different in that regard.
All in all this is a great book to read when a student or self taught orchestrator already has some knowledge about the orchestra, its limitations, and its quirks This would also be a good read for someone who would like to rekindle a bit of excitement when orchestrating just because it does not approach orchestration like a math problem I would definitely recommend it Principles of Orchestration By Nikolay Rimsky Korsakov Brand New Copy Student Study And Practice Guide Orchestration Is The Study Or Practice Of Writing Music For An Orchestra, Or, Loosely, For Any Musical Ensemble, Or Of Adapting For An Orchestra Music Composed For Another Medium Only Gradually Over The Course Of Music History Did Orchestration Come To Be Regarded As A Compositional Art In Itself The Term Orchestration In Its Specific Sense Refers To The Way Instruments Are Used To Portray Any Musical Aspect Such As Melody Or Harmony For Example, A C Major Chord Is Made Up Of The Notes C, E, And G If The Notes Are Held Out The Entire Duration Of A Measure, The Composer Or Orchestrator Will Have To Decide What Instrument S Play This Chord And In What Register Some Instruments, Including Woodwinds And Brass Are Primarily Monophonic And Can Only Play One Note Of The Chord At A Time However In A Full Orchestra There Is Generally Than One Of These Instruments, So The Composer May Choose To Outline The Chord In Its Basic Form With Clarinets Or Trumpets Other Instruments, Including The Strings, Piano, Harp, And Pitched Percussion Are Polyphonic And May Play Than One Note At A Time Additionally In Orchestration, Notes May Be Placed Into Another Register, Such As Transposed Down Two Octaves For The Basses, Doubled, Both In The Same And Different Octaves, And Altered With Various Levels Of Dynamics The Choice Of Instruments, Registers, And Dynamics Affect The Overall Tone Color If The C Major Chord Was Orchestrated For The Trumpets And Trombones Playing Fortissimo In Their Upper Registers, It Would Sound Very Bright But If The Same Chord Was Orchestrated For The Celli And String Basses Playing Sul Tasto, Doubled By The Bassoons And Bass Clarinet, It Might Sound Heavy And Dark Note That Although The Above Example Discussed Orchestrating A Chord, A Melody Or Even A Single Note May Be Orchestrated In This Fashion Also Note That In This Specific Sense Of The Word, Orchestration Is Not Necessarily Limited To An Orchestra, As A Composer May Orchestrate This Same C Major Chord For, Say, A Woodwind Quintet This Kindle edition and a slightlyexpensive one, too were rendered worthless through the disappearance of the important musical examples that take up so much of the book.
This is a great book I don t have any background in music and never studied it but what the author writes here is clear an understandable I had to jump on Wikipedia many times And I still can t fully understand the partitions but I am getting there I guess Almost done with the book itself.
Rimsky Korsakov s classic textbook is an extraordinarily helpful and eloquent explanation of both the basic and advanced Principles of Orchestration It s no mystery why it s stood the test of time.
I wish the Look inside had gone a couple of pages further.
Layout problems, bad quality on the staff pictures, there are even Listen links on the textIt looks like somebody made an export of something and didn t even check it.