Treatise on Instrumentation (Dover Books on Music) [Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most influential. Berlioz was one of the first composers to deal greatly with orchestration. In this treatise he talks about what the different sounds that instruments make (tone. Includes full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Music History and Theory – Books on Music; /; Treatise on Instrumentation.

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The effect then becomes incomparably more powerful and beautiful. The brilliant effect produced by military bands in some streets of large cities supports this statement while appearing to contradict it.

Unrelated modulations soon appeared in great works, and led to effects that were as felicitous as they were unexpected. Symphonie Fantastique1st movement, bar and following; 3rd movement, bar 3 and following; overture to King Learbar 38 and following, bar and following; overture to Benvenuto Cellinibar and following; Romeo and Juliet2nd movement, bar 81 and following; overture Le Corsairebar and following].

Great importance seems to be attached nowadays to this art of instrumentation, which was unknown at the start of the previous century; sixty years ago, many who were regarded as true friends of music tried to hinder its development. About the violawhich he knew well having written Harold in ItalyBerlioz wrote that its. It takes a long time to discover the Mediterraneans of music, and longer still to learn to navigate them.

Berlioz was also known as a great conductor in his time, in addition to a composer. It appears therefore that the flute is an instrument largely devoid of expression, and can be introduced in any context to play anything, because of its facility in executing groups of fast notes and in sustaining high sounds that are useful in the orchestra to supplement high harmonies.

Visit Virtual Sheet Music to learn more The lower notes of the oboe, which sound ugly when exposed, may be suitable in certain harmonies of an eerie and sorrowful character, when played together with the lower notes of clarinets and the low D, E, F and G of the flutes and instrumentatiom cor anglais. Home Viola Calendar What’s New?

In his score the composer must therefore indicate the layout that he thinks is appropriate. In mezzo forte in the middle range, in unison or in harmony in a slow tempo, the trombones take on a religious character. Selected pages Title Page. The timbre of the trombones, so incisive and domineering, is far from similar to that of the ophicleide. Click here to learn How to play violin or viola without pain, injuries and nerves Related pages Click here to receive the Viola Calendar, with daily micro viola news and special offers!

One can learn what is suitable for the various instruments, what can or cannot be played on them, what is easy or difficult, and what sounds well or not.

On only one occasion has a composer thought it appropriate to use the piano in the orchestra just like any other instrument, that is to make it contribute to the ensemble its own individual resources, for which there is no available substitute. At first some would only accept as music sequences of consonant harmonies, interspersed with a few dissonant suspensions. 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.


The piccolo can be effective in quiet passages, and it is a misconception to believe that it can only play very loud. The true reason is that it had not occurred to them to make use of this special timbre.

Treatise on Instrumentation

There is a common prejudice that large orchestras are instrumentatio. It only has stops for simple or double octaves and for shifting the keyboard right or left. The result is that they bberlioz instead of blending with the whole, and the instrumental writing becomes shrill and harsh instead of being sonorous and harmonious. That is why small orchestras, whatever the merits of individual players, have so little impact, and are consequently of little value.

Stringed instruments are the essential foundation of any orchestra. It is extremely valuable in large orchestras of wind instruments; treaitse few players decide to take up the instrument. It has taken nearly a century to reach that point.

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The following runs produce an excellent effect in the scene of the bathing women in Act II of Les Huguenots. There is a magnificent example of the use of this device in the final explosion of the duet ” Gardez vous de la jalousie! Go from Treatise on instrumentation and orchestration to Biography of Hector Berlioz Go from Treatise on instrumentation and orchestration to Harold in Italy Viola-in-music.

It serves then to complete trumpet chords, and to contribute to the orchestra groups of notes, whether diatonic or chromatic, which because of their speed would be unsuitable for trombones or horns.

When pizzicato is used in a passage played forte it is in general necessary that it should be written neither too high nor too low, since the highest notes are thin and dry in sound, and the lower ones are too dull. But progress moves more slowly in theatres, and it will take another twenty five years to bring this about.

Here is the lonely virgin, the blond betrothed of the huntsman, who raises her eyes to heaven and mingles her gentle lament with the sounds of the deep forests shaken by the storm. The melodium does not have the mixture stops of the organ, the effect of which is traditionally admired by many people, but which in reality are an open door to the most dreadful confusion.

Formerly opera orchestras were always made up of string instruments in numerical proportion to the mass of the other instruments; but for some years now things have changed. The sound of the trombone is so distinctive that it must never be heard except to produce a special effect. Its lower notes provide excellent basses for the whole woodwind section. Since we are now used to hear it playing in dance orchestras melodies that are more or less devoid of originality and distinction, and since its timbre has neither the nobility of the horn nor the pride of the trumpet, it is rather difficult to introduce the cornet to the elevated melodic style.

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The practice of some masters nowadays of treating the three trombones and ophicleide as a quartet, with the latter taking the real bass part, may not be above reproach. Berlioz says that the art of instrumentation consists in the employment of all sound elements the instrumentsto give a particular colour to melody, harmony and rhythm, or to produce special effects.

Side drums are rarely appropriate except in large ensembles of wind instruments. These cause each key to sound both the fundamental note and the octave or double octave of the note, or the double octave without the octave, or even the octave above and the octave below simultaneously.

Treatise on instrumentation and orchestration by Hector Berlioz

The oboe would have sounded too childlike and its voice would not have seemed pure enough. When combined with timpani rolls in several parts, as in the work I have just mentioned, and with an orchestration that emphasises the note of terror, they suggest the instrumentatio and awesome sounds that accompany the great cataclysms of nature. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat I know of nothing less harmonious and more vulgar that this style of instrumentation.

On the other hand one can certainly demonstrate easily and with virtual exactness the art of making orchestras that are suitable for rendering faithfully compositions of every form and dimension.

This may be the moment to point out the peculiar and very real delight for the ear of a multiplicity of unisons or of the simultaneous reproduction by a very large number of similar instruments of the sound they make. Obviously it would be necessary to adopt a style of extraordinary breadth every time the entire mass of players and singers is used, while delicate effects, light and fast movements, should be reserved for small orchestras which the composer could easily assemble and make to dialogue with each other in this berioz of musicians.

The latter consists in writing for the horns exactly as for bassoons and clarinets, without taking into account the vast difference between stopped notes and open notes, and also between different stopped notes, or the difficulty for the performer to play a particular note after another that does treatisw lead to it naturally, or the doubtful intonation, poor sonority and harsh and strange sound produced when two thirds or three quarters of the bell are stopped.