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I do wish I had access to the online listening examples, which is provided with activation code when purchasing a new book Unfortunately, it seems to only be accessible to university students currently enrolled in an orchestration class. Each time I ve taught orchestration I ve used Samuel Adler s The Study of Orchestration book and CD Although I have reservations about the text which I ve enumerated in my review here at , I think it is the best available text and the accompanying CDs really make the set invaluable I ve never been comfortable with the workbook, however, and in fact have never used it for class It is not entirely without value for example, the passage on string bowings is very helpful Worksheet 2 , and for a teacher this provides material ready at hand for exercises in transposition, clefs, harmonics, and the like, which are generally satisfactory Much of the workbook, however, takes an historical approach to the teaching of orchestration which I am uncomfortable with for most students Adler uses Listen and Score exercises repeatedly, in which the student is instructed to listen to a passage included on the CD set that accompanies the text given in piano or short score and instructed to orchestrate it exactly as they heard it While these can be helpful in the early stages, I can t understand why one would want to encourage a student to write for 2 horns in C and 2 horns in Eb as Berlioz did Modern instruments have transcended many of the difficulties that earlier composers faced, and to learn to score for those instruments in the style of a particular composer may be of some historical interest, but little practical worth There is the decided advantage for the teacher of answers being either right the way composer X did it or wrong anything else but the nature of orchestration belies that duality Often in orchestration many choices are equally right but if a passage must be notated choices must be made To make a particular choice does not invalidate the viability of an alternate choice.Other exercises are downright quirky Worksheet 14 calls for the student to transcribe a Bach organ prelude for four percussionists, all playing non pitched percussion While this might be a lot of fun, I doubt it is the best way to learn the use of non pitched percussion for orchestrational purposes.Missing almost entirely is any material on the wind band Where winds are considered, they are considered only as the wind section of an orchestra True, the set is not titled The Study of Orchestration and Band Arranging, but since most students in the US, at least will be much likely to face bands rather than full orchestras in their professional life, such a section would be of great worth. helpful I would have liked to know there were pages missing, because I would have bought it somewhere else. The Study Of Orchestration Workbook Features A Wide Variety Of Exercises Many New To This Edition For Any Orchestration Class And Students Of All Skill Levels Test Yourself Activities Test Factual Information Presented In The Text, Worksheets Offer Opportunities To Practice Orchestrating Short Passages, And Listen And Score Activities Challenge Students To Identify And Notate Instrumentation Aurally Workbook: For the Study of Orchestration, Fourth Edition

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