Orchestral Combinations: The Science and Art of Instrumental Tone-Color

Read, Gardner

Published by Scarecrow Press, 2004
ISBN 10: 0810848147 / ISBN 13: 9780810848146
Used / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this book is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. Please enter search terms below to find similar copies.


Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.5 avg rating
(2 ratings)

Synopsis: 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.

It indicates to the curious composer-orchestrator what instrumental combinations are both feasible and tonally viable. This is accomplished by the cataloging of hundreds of couplings-each is considered first as related to each individual choir of the orchestra and then as to the various possibilities between the component orchestral sections. While not every instrumental combination is considered, nearly all of the practical couplings between instruments have been included.

About the Author: 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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Orchestral Combinations: The Science and Art...
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition.

AbeBooks offers millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as cheap textbooks from thousands of booksellers around the world. Shopping on AbeBooks is easy, safe and 100% secure - search for your book, purchase a copy via our secure checkout and the bookseller ships it straight to you.

Search thousands of booksellers selling millions of new & used books

New & Used Books

New & Used Books

New and used copies of new releases, best sellers and award winners. Save money with our huge selection.

AbeBooks Home

Rare & Out of Print Books

Rare & Out of Print Books

From scarce first editions to sought-after signatures, find an array of rare, valuable and highly collectible books.

Rare Books



Catch a break with big discounts and fantastic deals on new and used textbooks.


More Books to Discover