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2.0 out of 5 stars

on 8 April 2012
A book with large amount of examples of instrumental combinations that sounds like it could be excellent. However, once you've got the combination you were looking for, read the few words it says about it, you need to hear it. All examples are given with page numbers instead of bar numbers, so if you happen to have a different edition, you don't know where he's talking about, nor what movement. If you only have the recording, you listen through ten minutes of a piece, and since the examples are often only a bar or two long and swamped by many other instruments, you usually never find it.

The title is also a bit misplaced; there's not really any science or art here, it's more of an encyclopaedia. And the metaphor of tone "colour" gets a bit irritating, with terms such as "mono-chromatic" and "dual-chromatic" couplings, in reference to timbre, not scales.

It must be said however, that it is the product of a great effort on the part of Gardner Read, but it was not worth the money I paid for it.
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