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Model #: 978-0939067701
Manufacturer: Alexander Publishing

Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes

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Reviews: Professional Orchestration Volume 1

Jerry Goldsmith, Academy and Emmy Award Winning Composer
The best orchestration book since Forsyth.

Bruce Broughton, Emmy Award Winning Composer
Professional Orchestration offers more opportunities to see and hear the combinations which formerly could only be imagined.

Emanuele Ruffinengo, Three-time Grammy Award Winner
Peter Alexander has done a huge work in this book. I'm completely delighted with what I've received. Reading only a few pages was enough to realize the high significance of this text, so thanks again! I will definitely recommend it to my students and friends.

Paul Thomson, Synesthesia (UK), Winner, Aerial and Montreux Advertising Festival Awards
Every time I open this book I learn something new.


Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1, Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the first orchestration book to be written on the scoring stages in Los Angeles. It’s 800-pages, perfect bound, 8.25 x11 with full page/full score examples. Volume 1, called the First Key to Learning Professional Orchestration, covers all the main orchestral instruments, and percussion, with electronic scoring notes. Where available, nearly all the book’s examples, by instrument, are organized by demonstrating the instrument in its low, medium, high and very high ranges. This method of organization is followed in each succeeding volume. As a result, you’ll learn from common practice how and where specific devices and combinations work best. With its full page/full score examples on an oversized textbook page, you’re able to see and hear what the instrument sounds like in that range within the context of the full orchestral score. This approach goes beyond the typical instrument/range instruction as you learn more clearly how to write for a solo instrument along with the career skill of learning score reduction. Through score reduction, you’ll learn both orchestration and compositional techniques. In our study of how the great composers taught themselves, self-instruction was the #2 skill for success, and you’ll learn that skill in Professional Orchestration.

The The Professional Mentor™ Workbook. Available for separate purchase is The Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1. The Professional Mentor™ is a radical departure from traditional orchestration workbooks. Rather than do useless exercises, we have you create a 2-minute work for each solo instrument. Result: your own portfolio of works for solo instruments. And if you do a MIDI mockups of them, you’ll end up with demos of your music, and potentially, your first CD! Now that’s practical!

Professional Orchestration MP3 Audio Packages - Available for separate purchase are our MP3 audio packages that you can download to any MP3 player or computer. These packages cover a majority of the works excerpted in the Professional Orchestration books.

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Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Introduction

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -String Section Overview
Chapter 2 -The Violin : Basic Information
Chapter 3 -The Viola : Basic Information
Chapter 4 -The Cello : Basic Information
Chapter 5 -The String Bass : Basic Information
Chapter 6 -Bowings, Effects, & Bowing Effects
Chapter 7 -String Stops
Chapter 8 -Divisi
Chapter 9 -Muted Strings
Chapter 10 -Pizzicato
Chapter 11 -Natural and Artificial Harmonics
Chapter 12 -Woodwind Basics
Chapter 13 -The Flute
Chapter 14 -The Piccolo
Chapter 15 -The Oboe
Chapter 16 -The English Horn
Chapter 17 -The Clarinet
Chapter 18 -The Bass Clarinet
Chapter 19 -The Bassoon
Chapter 20 -The Contrabassoon
Chapter 21 -Brass Basics
Chapter 22 -The Bb Trumpet
Chapter 23 -The Tenor and Bass Trombones
Chapter 24 -The Tubas
Chapter 25 -The French Horn
Chapter 26 -The Harp
Chapter 27 -Piano, Organ, Celeste, & Virtual Orchestra
Chapter 28 -The Percussion Section

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Composers and Works Quoted in Volume 1

Symphony 5
Symphony 6
Symphony 9

Symphony Fantastique

Carmen Suites Complete

Symphony #1

La Mer

Symphony #9

Symphony #1

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Symphony #36
Symphony #41

Lt. Kije

Mother Goose Suite
Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2

Cappricio Espagnole

Swan of Tuonela

Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

The Rite of Spring

Symphony #4
Symphony #6
The Nutcracker

Parsifal Prelude
Tristan und Isolde Prelude
Lohengrin Prelude
Ride of the Valkyries
Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg Prelude