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The following runs produce an excellent effect in the scene of the bathing women in Act II of Les Huguenots. A phrase that would appear tolerable, when performed by violins or the woodwind, becomes flat and intolerably vulgar when emphasised by the incisive, brash and impudent sound of the cornet.

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].

Berlioz Treatise on orchestration

Its tone quality is so distinctive that it is not necessary in an orchestra to have exactly the same number of violas as of second violins. In the Symphonie Fantastique the cymbals are used only at the very end of the 4th and 5th movements the last chord.

Examples from Gluck […]. It possesses to the highest degree nobility and grandeur. 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. This can sometimes produce excellent effects, even with stopped notes. The timbre of the middle and upper ranges does not have a strongly defined expressive character. Nowadays violas are often divided into first and second.

Francs Juges overture, bar and following; Symphonie Fantastique4th movement, bar 25 and following, 49 and following; Roman Carnival overture, bar and following; Le Corsaire overture, bar and following]. These extracts are collected berlizo on a page devoted entirely to the treatise also available in the treatixe French.


Views Read Edit View history. The performers of all kinds which together make up the orchestra would then seem to be the strings, tubes, boxes, flat surfaces, of wood or metal, that are like machines endowed with intelligence but actuated by a vast keyboard played by the conductor under the direction of the composer.

Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, Op.10 (Berlioz, Hector)

Mutes are small devices made of wood which are placed on the bridge of stringed instruments to reduce their sonority, and which give them at the same time a sad, mysterious and gentle character; this can be used to good effect in every kind of music. Nothing has such voluptuous sadness as a mass of cellos playing in unison on the A string, and nothing is better suited to expressing tender and languorous orchestraiton.

On the other hand when M. Then came the turn of modulations. There is also the Full organthe Forteand Expression. A vigorous marcato rhythm in a berlizo choral piece or a frenzied dance orchstration 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.

Excellent results can be achieved with the opposite system. Nothing can compare with the penetrating gentleness of the E string of some twenty violins in the hands of experienced players.

InRichard Strauss was asked to update the text to include some modern instruments and included musical examples from Wagner, and in the updated Treatise with a new preface by Strauss was published in German.

Pastoral Symphony, 4th movement, bars [ But if the military band continues to march and perform as it moves on, and leaves a large and reverberant street of this kind to emerge into a plain devoid of trees and buildings, the sounds immediately evaporate, the orchestra vanishes, and there is no music.

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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. At no time in the history of music has so much been said as at present about Instrumentation.

Beethoven has also made use of these barely articulated notes sc. This orcheestration to trombones, ophicleides, double-bassoons, and in many cases to trumpets and cornets. Many ignorant players, devoted to noise, make a deplorable use of these octave stops.

When used harmonically, it blends very well with the mass of brass instruments. Nothing is so virginal and pure as the colour given to certain melodies by the timbre of the middle range of a clarinet in the hands of a talented player. Courier Corporation- Music – pages. High-pitched bells, on the other hand, give rise to more peaceful impressions; there is something rustic and artless about them which make them particularly suitable for religious scenes from country life. It would erupt like a volcano.

In many orchestras these are the only sticks used and this is a great pity. Hence on almost all occasions when orchestgation attempt has been made to bring these two incompatible forces together, either the organ largely overshadowed the orchestra, or the orchestra, increased to inflated proportions, almost completely obliterated its opponent.