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The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra


Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

Tim Carter, Erik Levi, Robert Barclay, Peter Laki, Richard Rastall, Julian Rushton, Jeremy Siepman, Jon Tolanski, Colin Lawson, John Rushby-Smith, Simon Channing, Clive Gillinson, Jonathan Vaughan, Robert Philip, Robert Saxton, Sue Knussen, Stephen Cottrell
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  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001328

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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.

    • Considers the contemporary orchestra from a sociological point of view
    • Surveys the history and the music written for orchestra
    • Covers all associated skills, such as conducting, score-reading, composing and recording
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001328
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 30 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Editor

    Colin Lawson, Royal College of Music, London
    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).


    Tim Carter, Erik Levi, Robert Barclay, Peter Laki, Richard Rastall, Julian Rushton, Jeremy Siepman, Jon Tolanski, Colin Lawson, John Rushby-Smith, Simon Channing, Clive Gillinson, Jonathan Vaughan, Robert Philip, Robert Saxton, Sue Knussen, Stephen Cottrell

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