Alexander Publishing - Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes

Soft / Music Magazines 21-05-2017
Alexander Publishing - Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes
Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1, Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the first orchestration book to be written on the scoring stages in Los Angeles. It’s 800-pages, 8.25 x11 with full page/full score examples. Volume 1, called the First Key to Learning Professional Orchestration, covers all the main orchestral instruments, and percussion, with electronic scoring notes. Where available, nearly all the book’s examples, by instrument, are organized by demonstrating the instrument in its low, medium, high and very high ranges.

This method of organization is followed in each succeeding volume. As a result, you’ll learn from common practice how and where specific devices and combinations work best. With its full page/full score examples on an oversized textbook page, you’re able to see and hear what the instrument sounds like in that range within the context of the full orchestral score. 
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