PDF | On Jan 1, , Jeffrey Sultanof and others published Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook by Henry Brant. by Carl Fischer in Frog Peak Newsletter #17). It’s always good news when the craft and art of orchestration is brought up-to-date by a. Textures and Timbres by Henry Brant. A life’s work in codifying the principles of orchestral texture. In some ways, it’s a very narrow view into one specific element .

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Don’t have an account? I wanted to rebel because of the concrete gesture needed to play these sounds puts them in different worlds.

Look at Stravinsky, Varese, Janacek, Mahler. Sure softer, but what an effect!

Simply coordinating attacks among instruments that produce tones in different ways is difficult. Chapter 17, Extreme Registerspoints out that auditory perceptions in these registers becomes more difficult at fortissimo dynamics, but is very good at lower levels p.

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I want to hear it. Take the middle range tkmbres the piano—the range of the solo and jazz repertoires. Brant would have us be a little more amazed and reflective when we assign the same note or line to two or more instruments.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Create lists, bibliographies yenry reviews: In observation of other orchestration texts throughout his life, Brant realized that many were incomplete, in that they gave instructions based on “hoped-for evocations of mystic visions” rather than the actual, practical qualities of instruments.


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Expanded Unisons throughout the text, as well as musical examples using unisons. Textures and Timbres is the result of a single conception that began in boyhood and continued as a lifelong pursuit: I would generalize the point to say that in any vertical harmonic array of instruments, blending is decreased by dissimilar attacks.

As you can see, he mixes up traditional families, even including strings in Timbre 1. Yet his percussion examples often use vibraphone which with its damper and motor are just about fully sustaining instruments.

So of course, these young or unconnected musicians will find substitutes in the form of samples, synthesizers, processers, computers, recording and playback devices. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. English View all editions and formats.

Please enter your name. In the early s he decided to prepare a new orchestration textbook; and its last page was not written until late Brant addresses the problem of balancing a progression where chords vary in number of tones p. For example Brant often lists: What follows is a collection of comments on specific points about, and examples from the Brant text, with a few of my general reflections which the book stimulated.


Enter Henry Brant with Chapter 9: On the other hand, examples sought out in great music impress the point more forcibly because their whole message is served by inspired orchestration. Internet resource Document Type: Home About Help Search.

If you think about it, what an orchestration book is—is a labor of love for a composer, who might better spend the time actually composing and orchestrating.

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He adapted the book’s materials from his extensive commercial work in radio, from interactions with his orchestration classes at The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Bennington College, from his numerous orchestrations of documentary and Hollywood films, as well as from his own experimental composing and his years spent in orchestrating Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata A Concord Symphony, which was completed in A really interesting study of blending, homogeneity, separateness could be to look at say, Mozart, Mahler, and Messiaen textures in actual performances in their acoustic spaces.

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Henry Brant: Textures and Timbres

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