The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra

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This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life is unique in the breadth of its coverage. It combines orchestral history and orchestral repertory with a practical bias offering critical thought about the past, present and future of the orchestra as a sociological and as an artistic phenomenon. This approach reflects many of the current global discussions about the orchestra's continued role in a changing society. Other topics discussed include the art of orchestration, scorereading, conductors and conducting, international orchestras, recording, as well as consideration of what it means to be an orchestral musician, an educator, or an informed listener. Written by experts in the field, the book will be of academic and practical interest to a wide-ranging readership of music historians and professional or amateur musicians as well as an invaluable resource for all those contemplating a career in the performing arts.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 9 b/w illus. 30 music examples
  • 1139797301
  • 9781139797306

Table of contents

1. The history of the orchestra Tim Carter and Erik Levi; 2. The development of musical instruments Robert Barclay; 3. The orchestral repertory Peter Laki; 4. From notation to sound Richard Rastall; 5. The art of orchestration Julian Rushton; 6. The history of direction and conducting Jeremy Siepman; 7. International case studies Jon Tolanski; 8. The revival of historical instruments Colin Lawson; 9. Recording the orchestra John Rushby-Smith; 10. Training the orchestral musician Simon Channing; 11. The life of an orchestral musician Clive Gillinson and Jonathan Vaughan; 12. Historical recordings of orchestras Robert Philip; 13. The orchestral composer Robert Saxton; 14. Educational programmes Sue Knussen; 15. The future of the orchestra Stephen Cottrell. Appendix 1. The constitution of selected orchestras; Appendix 2. Orchestras founded in the nineteenth century; Appendix 3. Orchestras founded in the twentieth century.
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'... interesting, thought provoking contributions ... The book is a genuine testament to the immense variety of skills, knowledge and understanding that go into creating and maintaining an orchestra. I would hope that people other than those already involved in this musical vocation would pick it up - certainly it gives a wonderful impression of the world of orchestral music.' Classical Music 'Colin Lawson's book provides both a fascinating introduction to orchestra's many facets and a stimulating set of diverse essays ... this book is a stimulating resource, and will provide an excellent addition to any bookshelf ... I should be surprised if even those who live and breathe orchestras do not find thought-provoking material here, as well as anecdotes to delight in.' British Journal of Music Education
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About Colin Lawson

Colin Lawson is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Thames Valley University, having previously been Professor of Music at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He has an international profile as a solo clarinettist and plays with the Hanover Band, the English Consort and the King's Consort. His publications for Cambridge University Press include The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet (1995), Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (1996), Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (1998), The Historical Performance of Music (with Robin Stowell) (1999), The Early Clarinet (2000).
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