...the author fulfills the need for a book that is concerned solely with the question of timbre as it relates to the disribution of the orchestral instruments...includes a useful bibliography and an index of instrumental techniques. This book should prove to be a valuable reference to the composer or orchestrator who wants to further investigate the hundreds of instrumental combinations presented in the text. It may also help the musician seeking to understand how a composer creates a certain sound or tone color. (Music Educators Journal
About the Author
has enjoyed a prolific and varied career as composer, conductor, teacher, and author. He was appointed composer-in-residence and professor of composition at the School of Music, Boston University, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1978. He is the recipient of many awards for composition and performance. This is his ninth book.