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Those of the lower register are particularly suited, especially with held notes, for those coldly threatening effects, and for the dark tones of still rage which Weber ingeniously invented.

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

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.

It is just a matter of knowing how to let them speak. A distinction must be drawn between theatre orchestras and concert orchestras. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

They do not merely threaten, they proclaim, they sing instead of roaring. It has therefore been used in a modern symphony to parody, degrade and vilify a melody; the dramatic purpose of the work required this strange transformation [this refers to the last movement of the Symphonie Fantastique ] […]. The Treatise is also available in an up-to-date English translation with detailed commentary: It should be noted that in this example and in many other passages Beethoven has given to the basses low notes which they cannot play, and this suggests that the orchestra for which he wrote included double basses which could reach down greatise C an octave below the low C of the cellos, which are no longer found today.

Te Deum8th movement; the original version of ordhestration Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens was written for saxhorns, which nowadays are replaced by horns, trumpets, and cornets; the same applies to the great finale the Trojan March of Act I of Les Troyens ]. The majority of orchestras nowadays still only have orchestrstion pair of timpani, the largest of which orchhestration reserved for the lower note.

GluckBeethovenMozart, WeberSpontiniand a few others have fully understood the importance of the role of the trombones.

I think it is best for them not orchestrayion be left exposed. Since the tone production of the melodium is rather orchestratipn, as is the case with the pipe organ, it is more suited for the legato style than any other, and very appropriate for religious music, for gentle and tender melodies in a slow tempo.


The organisation of the Treatise in berliz has therefore not been followed beyond chapter 1. In musical festivals up till now all that has been heard are standard orchestras and choruses but with their parts quadrupled or quintupled, depending on the smaller or larger number of performers.

Composers then naively believe that they have orchestrated their music in an energetic way and written something beautiful!

One may find in their scores passages with a passionate intent and martial tone that are oddly at variance with the sound of the oboes that play them. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

That is the reason why open air music does not exist. The sounds of the second octave can be very suitable for pieces of a joyful character, and the whole dynamic range can be used. This manner of instrumentation could lead to grand and sublime effects.

There were those who insisted that most of the time the melody should only be accompanied by a bass, and that the listener oorchestration have the satisfaction of supplying himself the notes missing from the chords. I must admit that in our time this prejudice against the viola part has not been completely eliminated, and that even in the best orchestras there are still players who have not mastered the art of viola playing any better than that of the violin.

The violas, cellos, and double-basses separately, then all together. Side drums, like the timpani, can be used covered; but instead of covering the skin with a piece of cloth, players often merely loosen the snares, or insert a leather strap between them and bsrlioz lower skin to check the vibrations.

Translated by Theodore Front. These extracts are collected here on a page devoted entirely to the treatise also available in the original French. It is better in such cases to write them in two parts than to make the clarinets play in unison or in octaves. But the finest concert orchestra, for a hall scarcely larger than that of the Conservatoirethe most complete, the richest in nuances and variety of tone colour, the most majestic, powerful berlikz at the same time the most mellow, would be an orchestra composed as follows:.

But the drawbacks of tolerating this state of affairs are becoming increasingly obvious, and gradually the viola, like other instruments, will cease to be entrusted to any but competent hands. Three trombones poorly used will seem noisy and unbearable, while a moment later, in the same hall, twelve trombones will ln the public through their noble and powerful harmony.


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Joyful melodies must always fear from this instrument some loss of whatever nobility they may have, and if they have none, an enhancement of their triviality. Beethoven sometimes used it in pairs, as with trumpets, but the established practice of writing it for three parts seems to me preferable. The first coach will rehearse on their own the first sopranos, then the second, then the first and second together.

That is why Rossini made use of a little bell in G to accompany a graceful chorus from the second Act of William Tellthe refrain of which is “voici la nuit”.

orchesrration It should however be mentioned that M. On another occasion, to obtain a deep roll in a symphony which would be much lower in pitch than the lowest notes of the timpani, I did this by using two players on a single bass drum that was stood upright like a drum.

Treatisr two lower strings, the C and G strings, have a smooth and deep sound which is admirably suited in such cases, but their low register means that they can only be given a bass line that is more or less melodic, while the true singing parts must be reserved for the higher strings.

This is the place to draw attention to the importance of the different points of origin of the sounds. Slow and gentle orcjestration, which too often are given to wind instruments, are never better expressed than by a mass of violins. Beethoven has also made use of these barely articulated notes sc.

Treatise On Instrumentation

Its timbre is incomparably nobler than that of ophicleides, bombardons and serpents, and has something of the vibration of the timbre of a trombone. The middle range, particularly when the player is not very skilled, is all too reminiscent of the sound of the serpent and the cornet. Examples of this are the solo in the scherzo of the Pastoral symphony [ example: In many orchestras these are the only sticks used and this is a great pity.

The result is that they dominate instead of blending orchestraton the whole, and the instrumental writing becomes shrill and harsh instead of being sonorous and harmonious.