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Instrumentally Speaking Hardcover – June, 1975


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia Pictures Pubns (June 1975)
  • ISBN-10: 9996455661
  • ISBN-13: 978-9996455667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant guide to arranging and orchestrating music for the musical theater, written by the orchestrator of Show Boat, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, Kiss Me Kate, and many other Broadway musicals, as well as the arranger (co-composer, really) and conductor of the soundtrack to Victory at Sea. There are many orchestration and arranging textbooks available, but this is the only one I've found that discusses what it is like to arrange the music for a Broadway show.

The book is written in a chatty but literate style, including both technical information and short anecdotes drawn from the author's long and illustrious career. Sometimes the information seems a little random and miscellaneous, but it is all useful. It is like sitting in on a class taught by an experienced and engaging professor.
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