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The same is true of small churches where music has so far not been able to penetrate. This cost-cutting method is intolerable: Harp harmonicsespecially with several harps in unison, are even more magical. Complete with Berlioz’ chapters on the orchestra and on conducting. Composers then naively believe that they have orchestrated their music in an energetic way and written something beautiful! It is extremely valuable in large orchestras of wind instruments; but few players decide to take up the instrument.

The viola is as agile as the violin; its lower strings have a peculiarly penetrating quality; its higher notes are distinctive and have a sad and passionate intensity; in general its tone has a quality of deep sadness which distinguishes it from all other stringed instruments.

Similarly for the third with the basses. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Pianissimo notes from the bass drum, when combined with cymbals in an andante and struck at long intervals, have a majestic and solemn quality. I believe it is much better to have the ophicleide simply double the lower part, or at least the composer should provide a correct bass line by writing for the three trombones as though they were meant to be heard on their own.

But this would involve something very different, and the composer who wanted to show off the prodigious and innumerable resources of such an instrument would certainly have to perform a novel task.

When Monteverdi tried to add to them the dominant seventh chord without preparation, he was assailed with criticism and invective of every kind. The use made by most composers of the lower notes of the flute is limited or unsatisfactory. Common terms and phrases Actual pitch Allegro alto trombone Andante aria arpeggios bass clarinet bass drum bass trombone bass tuba Bassi bassoon Beethoven Berlioz better bugle character Chor chords chorus chromatic intervals combined composer Cornet cresc difficult double double-basses effect employed English horn Example executed fifth finger flute four fourth string G-clef Gluck hand harmonics harp high tones Horn in F Hrnr impossible impracticable Including the chromatic instru kettledrums keys Klar Klar.

This is the case with the stopped notes and the artificial sound of the three horns in E flat in the scherzo of the Eroicaand with the low F sharp of the second horn in D in the scherzo of the Symphony in A. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? As for determining how the organ should be used on its own when considered as a self-contained orchestra, this is not the place to do this.


At first it is a barely perceptible voice that seems afraid of being heard. Don’t have an account? An overview of how the orchestra functions as a whole and its development throughout history. It can even figure in a joyful piece, so long as it has a fiery or stately character. Hunting fanfares only sound joyful when they are played on hunting horns, a rather unmusical instrument, whose strident and brash sound does not in any way resemble the chaste and reserved voice of the horns.

A vigorous marcato rhythm in a vast choral piece or a frenzied dance gains a great deal by being played not by a single pair of cymbals but by four, six, ten or even more, depending on the size of the venue and the numbers of the other instruments and voices. In his score the composer must therefore indicate the layout that he thinks is appropriate.

But there is nothing like the sound of these mysterious notes when combined with chords from flutes and clarinets playing in the middle register; surprisingly it was only three years ago that for the first time a demonstration was made of the affinity of these timbres and of the poetic beauty of combining them together […].

Hence the following classification of the means currently available to him:. In a single forte trombones in three part harmony, especially in their middle range, convey an expression of heroic pomp, of majesty and pride, which only a prosaic and vulgar melody could diminish or nullify.

Common sense suggests that unless the composer is obliged to make do with whatever size of orchestra is available, he must put together his body of performers according to the style and character of the work he is writing and the type of principal effects the subject may require.

Tied grace notes are also feasible orchestrationn pizzicato playing. But orchestartion moves more slowly in theatres, and it will take another twenty five years to bring this about. Wealthy magnates who are prepared to give 50, francs or more for a painting from a great master, because this represents a safe investmentwould not spend even fifty francs to make it possible to hold once trdatise year some musical celebration worthy of country such as ours, which would display to good effect the considerable musical resources it does actually possess but which in practice cannot be put to good use.

Some went further and wanted to dispense altogether with any accompaniment, pretending that harmony was a barbarous invention. Musical directors should ban completely the use of these hybrid instruments, whose weak sound drains one of the most interesting parts of the orchestra of much of its colour and energy, especially in the lower notes.

Treatise On Instrumentation

It blends easily with the rest of the harmony, and even the least skilful composer can at will give it a prominent role or make it play a part that is useful though inconspicuous.


Pastoral Symphony, 4th movement, bars [ Double-bass players who are lazy or who really cannot cope with such difficult parts immediately give up and concentrate on simplifying the passage.

Sign In Forgot password? The piccolo can be effective in quiet passages, and it is a misconception to believe that it can only play very loud. Some great masters, Mozart among them, have not avoided this pitfall. Barbaric it is nonetheless, since quite apart from the harmonic congestion produced, it necessarily introduces into the harmony the most dreadful chaos through the unavoidable inversion of chords.

Their use without our explicit permission is illegal. They can also be used to excellent effect in symphonic music, even in vigorous passages, whether played by all the string sections together, or by only one or two parts.

Hence it has not as yet been possible for them to reach the point of the other branches of the art of music. The sound of the trombone is so distinctive that it must never be heard except to produce a special effect. A brief discussion of conducting practices in Europe during Berlioz’s day.

When blended with the lower notes of clarinets and bassoons over a tremolando of the double basses, the lower notes of the cor anglais produce a novel and special treatisr, eminently suitable for giving a menacing colour to musical ideas where fear and anguish predominate.

The tone of the cellos then acquires a very rounded and pure quality without ceasing to predominate.


The book also provides orchestral excerpts from treattise scores to give examples of techniques discussed. Mozart seems to have been the first to use them for accompaniments of a sombre character such as that of the trio of masks in Don Giovanni. How could one enumerate all the harmonic characteristics that each of these different groups might assume when combined with groups that blend or contrast with it!

Their quivering and thin sound, which cuts through the rest of the orchestra, can be eminently suitable whether for feelings of extreme ferocity, combined with the shrill shrieks of piccolos and strokes on the timpani or the side drum, or for the feverish excitement of a bacchanal where joy turns to frenzy. The Treatise is also available in an up-to-date English translation with detailed commentary: All rights of reproduction reserved for the texts and treayise on this page.

Beethoven sometimes used it in pairs, as with trumpets, but the established practice of writing it for three parts seems to me preferable.