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5.0 out of 5 stars Rimsky-Korsakov's Principles of Brilliance
I think this book is absolutely fantastic! It makes you think about things that are obvious to the extent you ignore them, normally. It has charts on all the instruments, and on the charts he further develops by saying which part of the instrument is best for what type of tone. For example, with an Oboe, the lower part has a much more dark, rich and nasal sound, but the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of Historical Interest
I've just read through this book and looked at quite a few of the musical examples. I managed to get through three years of music college (composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London) and nearly forty years as a professional musician since without its benefit. It was still interesting although I don't think I learned anything particularly new.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rimsky-Korsakov's Principles of Brilliance, 29 Jan 2011
This review is from: Principles of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music) (Paperback)
I think this book is absolutely fantastic! It makes you think about things that are obvious to the extent you ignore them, normally. It has charts on all the instruments, and on the charts he further develops by saying which part of the instrument is best for what type of tone. For example, with an Oboe, the lower part has a much more dark, rich and nasal sound, but the higher up you go it becomes more piercing. Although these seem like simple concepts, when put in context Rimsky Korsakov's book is incredibly well written. Do bare in mind not all of it is his own work, it is pieces of his own work, completed by a friend of his.

Nonetheless this is a brilliant book, a must have for anyone wanting to study a bit of orchestration!

PS. It's such an easy read, unlike some books that are just complexed English with one actual meaning! >.<
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluably helpful, and thoughtfully structured, 20 April 2013
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The great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a brilliant and original composer. But on top of that, he was considered by his peers to be possibly the greatest orchestrator, with a vast understanding of how to combine different instruments to achieve the desired effect. He also was a sought-after and admired teacher, who had honed and polished his teaching methods and lessons over the course of his lifetime. He worked on drafts during the 1890s, then returned to them again in the early 1900s for eventual publication as two volumes - the first being text, the second devoted to musical examples from the composer's own works. This book is an unabridged and slightly corrected republication of the 1922 edition (translated into English), with two volumes bound as one. It is as fantastically brilliant today as it ever was. It also is probably the only book on classical orchestration that has been written by a major composer.

Volume one comprises around 140 pages, and volume two around 330 pages. He devotes considerable space to the study of tonal resonance and orchestral combination. In his course he demonstrates such things as how to produce good-sounding chord of certain tone quality, uniformly distributed; how to detach a melody from its harmonic setting; correct progression of parts; and other similar problems.

The musical examples are all referred to in the text itself, where they illustrate particular points of theory and actual musical practice. These examples are drawn from "Sheherazade," the "Antar Symphony," "Capriccio Espagnol," "Sadko," "Ivan the Terrible," "Le Coq d'Or," "Mlada," "The Tsar's Bride," and other works by Rimsky-Korsakov. Their inclusion (and quality) is largely the reason why this publication is so very good and also useful. Other authors have tried to tell the same tale - but this was the master. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom from the master, 30 May 2013
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Answers the simple questions (always the hardest) Loads of examples, and a lucid description of his principles. Highly recommended for all interested in composing or arranging
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Book, 5 Dec 2012
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My son asked for this book for his GCSE music studies. He seems to find it helpful. It arrived on time in good condition.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of Historical Interest, 17 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Principles of Orchestration (Dover Books on Music) (Paperback)
I've just read through this book and looked at quite a few of the musical examples. I managed to get through three years of music college (composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London) and nearly forty years as a professional musician since without its benefit. It was still interesting although I don't think I learned anything particularly new.

A beginner at orchestration will definitely need something more modern as RK was writing about very different orchestras and instrumental techniques from those of today but perhaps its greatest value is in the wealth of orchestral examples in the second part which writers of some experience will be able to mine for ideas.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to learn the style of Korsakov, 11 July 1999
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After reading this book, i rather enjoyed it.. Its really nice to have basic instruction with examples taken from Korsakov's own works.. Good book, though a bit old in the style of orchestration. A good one to learn the Old Style of this composer
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall great book., 27 July 1998
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Although old, this book provides a great deal of information. Each section is brief and to the point.
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