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The Cambridge companion to the orchestra
Lawson, Colin (Colin James)
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xiv, 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life combines orchestral repertory history with critical thought. It includes topics such as the art of orchestration, scorereading, conducting, international orchestras, recording, and becoming an orchestral musician, educator or informed listener.

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The 15 essays in this collection look at the history of the orchestra; orchestral repertory; the training and life of the orchestral musician; score layout, period instruments, and orchestration; and conducting and recording (both the process and the legacy of 80 years). The chapters devoted to orchestra-sponsored educational programs and to the future of orchestras focus on the UK and the US and note declining audience numbers attributed to aging, popular culture, competing interests of ethnic groups, cutbacks to the arts in school systems, and possible overemphasis by orchestras on a comparatively small number of works from the standard repertory. Knowledgeable readers will find much that is familiar and much they had not realized; e.g., that Haydn supervised more than a thousand operatic productions in one Eszterhaza decade, that Berlioz could conduct performances without rehearsals, and that only one existing Stradivari violin has its original neck. An appendix listing instrumental groupings of selected orchestras from 1670 to 1865 is of particular interest. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. University-level music students, scholars, informed amateurs, and those involved in any way in orchestra oversight and performance. J. Behrens The Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory of Music

Table of Contents

Tim Carter and Erik LeviRobert BarclayPeter LakiRichard RastallJulian RushtonJeremy SiepmannJon TolanskiColin LawsonJohn Rushby-SmithSimon ChanningClive Gillinson and Jonathan VaughanRobert PhilipRobert SaxtonSue KnussenStephen Cottrell
List of illustrationsp. vi
Notes on the contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
1 The history of the orchestrap. 1
2 The development of musical instruments: national trends and musical implicationsp. 22
3 The orchestral repertoryp. 42
4 From notation to soundp. 71
5 The art of orchestrationp. 92
6 The history of direction and conductingp. 112
7 International case studiesp. 126
8 The revival of historical instrumentsp. 155
9 Recording the orchestrap. 169
10 Training the orchestral musicianp. 180
11 The life of an orchestral musicianp. 194
12 Historical recordings of orchestrasp. 203
13 The orchestral composerp. 218
14 Educational programmesp. 239
15 The future of the orchestrap. 251
Notesp. 265
AppendicesTim Carter and Erik Levi
1 The constitution of selected orchestras, 1670-1865p. 272
2 Orchestras founded in the nineteenth centuryp. 275
3 Orchestras founded in the twentieth centuryp. 277
Select bibliographyp. 284
Indexp. 291