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Professional Orchestration Volume 1 is endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy, and Emmy Awards! 100% Downloadable!

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 (Spitfire Audio), Aerial and Monteux Award Winning Composer
Every time I open this book I learn something new.

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The Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundle Comes With:
800-page Volume 1 in PDF Format
Professional Mentor Workbook in PDF Format
The Spectrotone Chart (unique to the study of orchestration created by 4x Academy Award® nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange)
12.1 hours of MP3s covering most of the book’s examples
Spreadsheets with audio timings for the book’s examples
Lecture Planner With 7 Audio Lectures Explaining How to Study Professional Orchestration on your own!
BONUS FROM VSL: MP3s and MIDI files for improving your MIDI mock-up skills


Important Note: to get the most out of Professional Orchestration, you need to read music. If you learn mostly by ear, please see our Visual Orchestration Trilogy based on the Spectrotone Chart where no textbook is required.

Direct From the Scoring Stages of Los Angeles to YOU!
Professional Orchestration Volume 1 is the very first orchestration book to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles with instrumentation notes edited by the elite film studio musician community.

Professional Orchestration Volume 1 is the first in a multi-volume series of Professional Orchestration volumes teaching you the language of orchestration section by section.

Where it makes sense, each technique is taught in the context of a full page/full score excerpt with the technique highlighted in gray. Where appropriate, full page scores are given for the low, medium, high and very ranges of each instrument so you can see/hear how scoring techniques change depending on what register the melody or theme is placed. No other orchestration method teaches you this way.

To hear the technique in the context of the piece, you get the complete movement the example is found in PLUS spread sheets with audio timings for Volume 1 so you can also further your learning with MIDI mock-ups.

The Lecture Planner With 7 Audio Lectures with the Professional Mentor workbook show you how to study a score and create a condensed score of the score excerpt being studied. You’re then encouraged to sequence the excerpt to learn orchestration techniques learned from the example, compositional insights from the example, and basic MIDI mock-up and recording skills.

By including the Spectrotone Chart™, which is unique to the Professional Orchestration series, we’re able to combine orchestration insight for coloristic writing with mixing skills in one value priced package not available from any other company. And you can learn at your own pace as your schedule allows.

End Result - you learn how to write and produce your own music!

Bonus Gift from VSL
The good folks at the Vienna Symphonic Library, and composer Jay Bacal, have allowed us to give you, at no extra charge, 13 solo compositions with MP3 and MIDI files mocked-up by Jay for the Vienna Instruments sample library. Just load the MP3 and MIDI file into your sequencer. You’ll see how Jay created the composition by studying velocity, expression, and mod wheel data. By the time you’ve gone through each instrument, including solo strings, you’ll know what you need to not only write for each instrument, but how to approach doing a MIDI mock-up. It’s a professional education you can apply to any library, too. (Please note: sheet music or scores for the VSL examples can be purchased separately).

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Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Introduction

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Professional Orchestration Volume 1
The First Key: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes
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

A paperback edition of Professional Orchestration, Vol. 1 is available to order from Amazon or through most major bookstores using the information below:
Title: Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments & Instrumentation Notes
Author: Peter Lawrence Alexander / ISBN: 978-0-939067-70-1

The remaining items included in this bundle are only available as digital downloads. You can order them separately here.
1. Professional Mentor Workbook For Volume 1 (Includes Spectrotone Chart)
2. Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Files


Basic Home Study Package Contents

The following are instant digital downloads:
Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1 PDF - $55.96 Retail Value
Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package (89 tracks / 12.1 Hours of Digital Rights Management Free MP3s covering a majority of the examples - Retail Value compared to iTunes and other vendors with DRM-free MP3s) - $88.11 Retail Value
Spectrotone Chart™ - $29.95 Retail Value
Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value

Total Value - $198.97

Plus! Your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library - 13 MP3/MIDI files to help you learn the techniques of MIDI Mockup!

Professional Mentor™ Contents
1. Lesson Planner
2. Score Analysis Guide
3. Orchestral Sketchpad PDF
4. Spectrotone Analysis Guide
5. Spectrotone Range Sheets
6. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
7. VSL Self-Study MIDI Mockup
8. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments
9. Orchestral Sample Library Evaluation Spreadsheets

Professional Audio Lectures™
1. Professional Mentor Overview
2. Score Analysis Overview
3. Spectrotone Analysis Overview
4. Spectrotone Range Sheet Assignments
5. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
6. VSL Self-Study Overview
7. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments Overview DRM-Free MP3 Audio Package
Symphony 5
2. Andante
3-4. Allegro

Symphony 6 (Pastoral)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
3. Allegro

Symphony 7
2. Allegretto

Symphony 9
4. Finale - Presto

Symphony Fantastique
1. Reveries (Passions)
2. Un bal
3. Scene aux champs
4. Marche au supplice
5. Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat

Carmen Suites Complete
Suite #1: 1. Prelude - Aragonaise
Suite #1: 2. Intermezzo
Suite #1: 3. Seguidilla
Suite #1: 4. Les dragons de Alcala
Suite #1: 5. Marche du toreador
Suite #2: 1. Marche des contrabandiers
Suite #2: 2. Habanera
Suite #2: 3. Nocturne
Suite #2: 4. Chanson du toreador
Suite #2: 5. Garde montant
Suite #2: 6. Danse bohemienne

Images 1: Gigues
Images 2: Iberia - Par les rues et par les chemins
Images 2: Iberia - Les parfums de la nuit
Images 2: Iberia - Le matin d'un jour de fete
Images 3: Rondes de printemps

La Mer
1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
2. Jeux de vagues
3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Symphony #9 (New World)
2. Largo
4. Allegro con fuoco

Symphony #1 (Titan)
1. Langsam Schleppend
2. Scherzo kraftig bewegt
3. Feierlich und gemessen ohne zu schleppen
4. Sturmisch bewegt

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wedding March

Symphony #4 (Italian)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante con moto
3. Con moto moderato
4. Saltarello

Symphony #36
1. Adagio Allegro spiritoso
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Presto

Symphony #41
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto
4. Molto allegro

Lt. Kije
3. Kije's wedding
4. Troika

Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2

Mother Goose Suite
1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
2. Petit Poucet
3. Laideronnette imperatrice des Pagodes
4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
5. Le jardin feerique

La Valse

Cappricio Espagnole
1. Alborda
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano Coda

1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
2. The Kalender Prince
3. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
4. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea

Symphony #1 (Spring)
1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace

Swan of Tuonela

Don Juan

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

The Rite of Spring
1. L'adoration de la terre
2. Le Sacrifice

Symphony #4
3. Scherzo Pizzicato ostinato allegro

Symphony #6 (Pathetique)
1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo

The Nutcracker
3. Danse de la fee
6. Danse chinoise
7. Danse des mirlitons
8. Valse des fleurs

Parsifal Prelude

Tristan und Isolde Prelude

Lohengrin Prelude

Ride of the Valkyries

Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg Prelude

Spectrotone Chart

Spectrotone Chart

Because Professional Orchestration™ is the first orchestral scoring series to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles, we’re excited to announce the addition of the Spectrotone Chart™, created by Academy Award® nominee Arthur Lange, who was also music director for MGM and other studios.

Using the Spectrotone Chart you'll learn how to create effective orchestral combinations by understanding which instruments will blend well together in which registers, or which instruments will provide a more contrasting tone-color when placed together. You'll also learn starting insights on orchestral balance within each section of strings, brass and winds.

In Arthur Lange’s own words, the Spectrotone Chart is, “a colorgraphic exposition of tone-color combinations and balance as practiced in modern orchestration.”

The Spectrotone Chart has applications to any style of music that makes use of orchestral instruments. It shows orchestral balance and color at a glance. With the Spectrotone Chart, visual colors are used to describe instrumental tone-colors, making it possible to determine in advance the true balance of any orchestral color effects. Because the Spectrotone Chart does away with trial and error guessing, you can use it when arranging, composing, recording or mixing. With its color coded approach, you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes.

Each tone-color has an additional timbre description that changes depending on the type of articulation used. In your PDF Guides you're given a chart of Articulation Tables by tone-color, by instrument that show how the timbre can change, and also how this will affect the intensity and carrying power of that instrument. You'll know when an instrument in a particular register will be strong in intensity, or when it will be weak and possibly need reinforcing by another instrument.

For mixing purposes and applying EQ, we’ve added the Hz frequencies for each pitch under the keyboard shown at the bottom of the chart.

Because the Spectrotone Chart is a must have for all arrangers, composers and recording engineers, we've made it a part of our Professional Orchestration curriculum, and the Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundles.

The Spectrotone Chart is a digital downloaded item, that can be used as an on-screen reference, or printed out on a variety of different sized papers. It's designed for 18" x 24" poster printing, but can be resized on a home color printer.

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