Principles of Orchestration
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1987 Author: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. ISBN: 0486212661
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Reviewer: Eamon George Nelson from Lancaster, PA, USA
Rimsky-Korsakov worked upon this work for over 30 years. The examples are from his own works. He originally planned to include examples from Glinka, Tschaikovsky, Borodin, and Glazounov. He did not to avoid notational and stylistic peculiarities. This is not primarily a notational work. It deals more with subjects such as resonance, timbre, register, and instrumental combinations and their various effects. He died before the work was published and many of the examples were chosen from his works by the editor Max Steinberg. The Principles, however, listed prior to example, remain untouched...and still do barring instrumental developments. These Principles could have just as easily been exemplified by the above four or many others. This book is a classic on "Principles Of Orchestration" and most certainly not obsessed with "Examples Of Orchestration". The laws are laid out in the former case. Toany serious composer that is as it ought be!