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    Default History of Orchestration

    I am interested in how ensembles have changed over time. Other than synchronic treatises, is there a diachronic survey of orchestration? Is there a "History of Orchestration"?

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    I don't think there is a single book that covers orchestration as a whole over time. However, you could get lots of different books written in different eras for comparison.

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    The only one I know of is the Adam Carse book. There's a preview here.

    https://books.google.co.uk/books/abo...on&redir_esc=y
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    Joan Peyser's book The Orchestra is what you want.

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    If I were looking for a starting point on the history of orchestration, I'd start with the history, expansion, and development of the orchestra, because there cannot be one without the other... There's no orchestration without the appropriate orchestra and they have greatly changed over the centuries, and quite a fascinating development. The history should be easy to find. Then for orchestration look to the ones best known of it, such Rimsky-Korsakov, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and others, to see how the colors and combination of instruments changed over the years.
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    Check out -- and subscribe to -- YouTube's OrchestrationOnline vlog:


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