Treatise on Instrumentation (Dover Books on Music) [Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most influential. Berlioz was one of the first composers to deal greatly with orchestration. In this treatise he talks about what the different sounds that instruments make (tone. Includes full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Music History and Theory – Books on Music; /; Treatise on Instrumentation.

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To me, it was particularly important to see what Berlioz thought of the viola.

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He was forty and had already written the Fantastic Symphony, his most famous composition, and Harold in Italyhis Symphony with solo viola. Portrait of Hector Berlioz by Achille Peretti Although he never was an oh player of any instrument, he had become such an expert of all instruments that he could write such a treatise.

Maybe it was just because of this reason that he was always very curious and imaginative about the endless possibilities offered by all instruments. Then as a music critic he used to write about nearly any musical event: In his treatise there is a description for each instrument, including the orchestra as an instrument among the new instruments. Berlioz says that the art of instrumentation consists in the employment of all sound elements the instrumentsto give a particular colour to melody, harmony and rhythm, or to produce special effects.


His treatise was meant to indicate the range of the instruments, and part of their mechanism ; examine their timbretheir character and range of expression ; and study the best-known methods for combining them.

About the violawhich he knew well having written Harold in ItalyBerlioz wrote that its. It is just as agile as the violin. Its low strings have a characteristic, husky timbre while its high notes are distinguished by their mournfully passionate sound. Again, see why Lionel Tertis was so important for the viola. Go from Treatise on instrumentation and orchestration to Biography of Hector Berlioz Go from Treatise on instrumentation and orchestration to Harold in Italy Viola-in-music.

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