A practical guide to learning orchestration.
For example: what is the range of the bassoon, how do strings decide which way
their bows will move,
what does transposition in F mean,and a whole host of
other questions await the student of orchestration.
Norman Ludwin has made this process much easier by writing his new book:
"Orchestration, A New Approach". The book consists of a 45-page booklet and DVD.
The DVD contains over 800 pages of scores analyzed for the student of
orchestration; not harmonic and form analyzes but rather examining issues of
dovetailing, doubling, tessitura concerns, instrumental effects,composers use
of articulations and dynamics, bowing and phrasing issues, texture, and the
relationship of the different orchestral sections to one another.
scores range from Haydn to Stravinsky and using a color-coded system, the
student can study these annotated scores and see precisely the important points.
The author has created 15 lessons beginning with the fundamentals and moving
through each orchestral family, culminating in lessons on combining the
instruments together with various score studies.
Each lesson consists of several educational files, including exercises and
instrumental examples. The lessons include orchestral scores that pertain to the
particular area of study and in many cases public domain recordings.
Norman Ludwin teaches Orchestration in the UCLA Extension Program and at the
Professional Musicians Union in Los Angeles.
""Norm has played in my orchestra since my earliest scores, and frequently orchestrates for me as well. In his book, he covers the basics of orchestration from the invaluable point of view of one of Los Angeles' top session players. Orchestration: A New Approach, with its clear analysis and numerous examples from the masters, is a fresh offering of orchestration technique that emphasizes craft and is enjoyable to read. "-Michael Giacchino (Oscar winning composer)
"My first reaction to Norman Ludwin's orchestration book? Where was this wonderful aid when
I started orchestrating many years ago? It would have been my constant companion during those early days when
I was learning so many things the hard way! My good friend, Norman, has combined his talents as musician,
composer, and orchestrator with his gifted teaching skills to author this must-have book for every orchestrator.
It is extremely comprehensive, very logical, and best of all, easy to use.I heartily recommend this book as an essential building block for a career
in orchestrating. Kudos Norman!"-Tim Simonec (Orchestrator of over 80 films for the past 35 years)