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Free online orchestration course 
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Thought this might interest somenone?
A course based on the Rimsky-Korsakov "Principles of orchastration", online, for free, with audio examples.

http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/for ... y.php?f=77
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Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:43 am
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Hi Graeme S

Thanks for the link. This is always useful. I studied composition and cant explain how important it is to KNOW the instruments you are writing for.

I'ts also a great alternative to buying the books which are really expensive.

Another great orchestration book is 'The technique of orchestration - 6th edition by Kent Kennon' If anyone knows were I can get a copy, please let me know.

Thanks Tina


Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:56 pm
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Hi Tina,

I did a quick search at amazon.uk and the book you're looking for does show up in the results. I can't say if it's exactly the right edition or not.....

Regards - Colin

PS - Thanks again for posting these useful links Graeme. This one looks very interesting. One possible drawback is that it is biased towards the Garritan orchestra but I'm sure one can work around that.


Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:10 pm
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this is an old thread, but i'll post anyway...

the auther is Kent KennAn, and his book is really good, if a little 'old'. The latest edition (6th) comes with a CD, and is very expensive through Kalahari.net
and less about half the price (excl. postage/packaging/import etc.) through Amazon.com and
Amazon.co.uk.

still, no book can suffice for actual practice & imagination...


Tue May 22, 2007 2:40 pm
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Hi guys, another great Orchestration book that has served me well is by Walter Piston, AND....if film music is what its all about for you then check out "ON THE TRACK" AND....if you are into the digital crusade, a great read is "The Future of Music" Gerd Leonard and David kusek from Berklee in Boston. I'm on my 3rd copy and NO you can't borrow it. Have a nice day.


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From Berklee!!! Personally i would never believe anything I read from anyone who has been to Berklee. :)


Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:08 pm
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Thanx alot Graeme, this is exactly something I was looking for. I am a big fan of Korsakov, although it would've been great to get other perspectives on this. Thanx (",)


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