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MUSIC THEORY

 

Useful Theory, Arranging, and Composition Texts

 

Alfred Blatter’s Instrumentation/Orchestration

This is a useful text to have as a tool when writing for ensembles,

 

 

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because it presents in much detail the various instruments and their qualities, such as range, sound, notation, and more.  It also presents how to approach scoring for many different ensembles, from orchestra to woodwind quintet.

 

Hector Berlioz’s Treatise on Instrumentation

 

An excellent work for learning about writing for orchestra.  Included are insights into tone and contrast in ensembles, as well as strong examples from major Romantic and Classical composers.  The book also contains Berlioz’s essay “On Conducting.”

 

Harpercollins Music Theory College Outline

 

A good basic outline of music theory, useful to have available as reference for exam preparation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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