This resource seeks to demonstrate what specific instrumental combinations have intrigued composers of the past and present and to suggest other groupings that may prove to be of equal validity and tonal interest. The book is designed to be a thesaurus of orchestral combinations, a lexicon of the science and art of fusing timbre and sonority in symphonic scoring. Few standard manuals devote such attention to this fascinating question as it directly relates to the imaginative deployment of the orchestral instruments.
Gardner Read has enjoyed a prolific and varied career as composer, conductor, teacher, and author. He was appointed composer-in-residence and professor of composition at the School of Music, Boston University, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1978. He is the recipient of many awards for composition and performance. This is his ninth book.
Part 1 List of Examples Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Instrumental Ranges Part 5 Part I: At the Unison Chapter 6 1. Mono-Chromatic Couplings Chapter 7 2. Dual-Chromatic Couplings Part 8 Part II: At the Octave Chapter 9 1. Mono-Chromatic Couplings Chapter 10 2. Dual-Chromatic Couplings Part 11 Afterword Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index of Instrumental References Part 14 Index of Instrumental Techniques Part 15 Index of Composers and Works Part 16 List of Publishers