This volume is the first modern text dedicated to the craft of orchestrating for the concert band.  It covers basics of orchestration, orchestrational techniques, orchestrational combinations, textures,  transcriptions, bands around the world, and composing for educational ensembles.

 

This is the first of a four-part series.  Parts two and three will cover instrumentation, and part four will cover special problems in band orchestration.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I - Basics

Chapter 1 - What is a Band?

Chapter 2 – Orchestration and Instrumentation

Chapter 3 - Acoustic Principles

Chapter 4 - A History of Band Orchestration

Chapter 5 - The Band as an Education Ensemble

Chapter 6 - The Band as an Artistic Ensemble

Chapter 7 - Score Layout

Chapter 8 - Writing in Full Score vs. Writing from Short Score

Chapter 9 - C Scores, Transposed Scores, and Condensed Scores

Chapter 10 - The Woodwind Section

Chapter 11 – The Woodwind Instruments – Educational Ensembles

Chapter 12 – The Woodwind Instruments – Artistic Ensembles

Chapter 13 – The Brass Section

Chapter 14 – The Brass Instruments – Educational Ensembles

Chapter 15 – The Brass Instruments – Artistic Ensembles

Chapter 16 - Percussion Section

Chapter 17 - Auxiliaries

Chapter 18 – Instrument Switching

Chapter 19 – Understanding Articulations

Chapter 20 - Understanding Dynamics

Chapter 21 – Understanding Instrument Entrances

Chapter 22 – Understanding Vibrato

Chapter 23 – Understanding Breathing

Part II - Orchestrational Techniques and Combinations

Chapter 24 – Dovetailing and Phrase Endings

Chapter 25 – Unison Doubling

Chapter 26 – Orchestrational Crescendos and Diminuendos

Chapter 27 – Directionality and Space

Chapter 28 – Orchestrating within Instrument Families

Chapter 29 – Orchestrating Across Instrument Families

Chapter 30 - Orchestrating within the Woodwinds – Part 1 – Two-Way Combinations

Chapter 31 – Orchestrating Within the Woodwinds – Part 2 – Three-Way and Four-Way Combinations

Chapter 32 – Orchestrating within the Woodwinds – Part 3 – The Woodwind Section

Chapter 33 – Orchestrating within the Brass – Part 1 – Two-Way Combinations

Chapter 34 – Orchestrating within the Brass – Part 2 – The Brass Section

Chapter 35 – Orchestrating between the Woodwinds and Brass

Chapter 36 – Orchestrating with the Percussion – Part 1 – Introduction

Chapter 37 – Orchestrating with the Percussion – Part 2 - Timpani

Chapter 38 – Orchestrating with the Percussion – Part 3 – Mallets and Tuned Percussion

Chapter 39 – Orchestration with Percussion – Part 4 – Unpitched Percussion

Chapter 40 – Orchestrating with the Auxiliary Instruments

Chapter 41 – Instrument Substitution

Part III – Textures

Chapter 42 – Creating Textures – Introduction

Chapter 43 – Creating Light Textures

Chapter 44 – Creating Dark Textures

Chapter 45 – Creating Heavy Textures

Chapter 46 – Creating Mysterious Textures

Chapter 47 – Creating Angular Textures

Chapter 48 – Creating Passionate Textures

Chapter 49 – Creating Heroic Textures

Part IV – Transcribing

Chapter 50 – Transcriptions – Introduction

Chapter 51 – Transcriptions from Organ – Part 1 – Understanding the Organ

Chapter 52 – Transcriptions from Organ – Part 2 – From Organ to Band

Chapter 53 – Transcribing from Chorus

Chapter 54 – Transcriptions from Piano to Band

Chapter 55 – Transcribing from String Orchestra

Chapter 56 – Transcriptions from Full Orchestra

Chapter 57 – Orchestrating for Solo Instruments and Band

Chapter 58 – Orchestrating for Band with Chorus

Part V - Bands Around the World

Chapter 59 – The Wind Ensemble

Chapter 60 – American vs. European Bands

Chapter 61 – The British Brass Band

Chapter 62 – The French Band

Chapter 63 – The Germanic Band

Chapter 64 – The Russian Band

Chapter 65 – The Italian Band

Chapter 66 – The Dutch Band

Chapter 67 – The Catalonian Band

Chapter 68 – Other Band Formats

Part VI – Composing for Educational Groups

Chapter 69 – Orchestrating for Educational Bands – Part 1 – The Beginner Band

Chapter 70 – Orchestrating for Educational Bands – Part 2 – The Middle School Band

Chapter 71 – Orchestrating for Educational Bands – Part 3 – The High School Band

Chapter 72 – Orchestrating for Education Ensembles – Part 4 – The College Band

Chapter 73 – The Marching Band.

Chapter 74 – The Band Director and the Composer

Appendix 1: Possibilities of the Concert Wind Band from the Standpoint of a Modern Composer 

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