- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195309472
- ISBN-13: 978-0195309478
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations 1st Edition
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"An invaluable book."-Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"Entertaining and meticulously researched. The Sound of Broadway Music is chock full of intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes and offers new insight into the world of musical theatre."-Judy Samelson, Playbill
"One of the most magnificent books our favorite art form has ever had"--Peter Filichia, Theatermania.com
"The problem most orchestrators face: No one understands what they do, how they do it, or even who is doing it.. The Sound of Broadway Music will forever change that for lovers of musical theatre. This is probably the most valuable theatre book ever written about a subject you never considered precious --Matthew Murray, Broadwaystars.com
"Steven Suskin's six hundred and fifty pages of information substantiating the contribution of orchestrators to the music of Broadway is nothing less than jaw-dropping. Their working relationship with the composers of Broadway scores and directors of Broadway shows is fascinating in its detail. There can be no comparable feat of research more meticulous than this valuable addition to the history of American musical theater."--Hal Prince, director
"Backstage has been the unwarranted space where the wondrous talent of orchestrators remained until now. Steven Suskin has meticulously opened the curtain so that this array of musical magicians can finally take their long overdue bow. May this composer be among the first to shout, 'Bravo!'"--Jerry Bock, composer
"Fans as well as musical theatre scholars will be forever indebted to Steven Suskin for this book. It's fascinating, entertaining and an essential addition to the literature of American musical theatre."--Michael Feinstein, composer, performer
"Suskin does an absolutely masterful job of covering a fascinating but obscure, often arcane and frequently technical subject in a manner that makes it not only understandable but thoroughly fascinating to novice and expert alike. A valuable reference work as well as a history and appreciation of a neglected art."--Potomac Stages
"When we speak of the historians who write about theater, no we can put Steven Suskin in the circle of the truly great ones. The Sound of Broadway Music will make us have a greater appreciation every time we listen to a Golden Age of Broadway original cast album."--TheaterMania
"Invaluable...intriguing and well told."--The Sondheim Review
"Suskin does an absolutely masterful job of covering a fascinating but obscure, often arcane and fequently technical subject in a manner that makes it not only understandable but throughly fascinating to novice and expert alike." --DC Theatre Scene
"Offers a detailed appreciation of such technically skilled craftsmen as Hans Spialek...Suskin has produced a charming tribute to such vital, hitherto-forgotten talents as Hershy Kay, Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin." --Newark Star-Ledger
"[An] engaging narrative." --Fontes Artis Musicae
About the Author
Steven Suskin is the author of numerous books on the Broadway musical, including Show Tunes (OUP, fourth edition released March 2010), Second Act Trouble (Applause, 2006), and the Opening Night on Broadway series. He has written hundreds of columns and reviews for Playbill, Variety and other publications.
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The book starts with a brief description of the orchestrator's role. That is followed by sketches of twelve major orchestrators (a dozen shows or more), their "ghosts" and helpers, and other members of the music department. A chapter on the art of orchestration reviews the whole process of orchestrating a show. The major part of the book (about half) is an alphabetical listing of shows, crediting the orchestrators and others who assisted. It includes other show information such as the opening date and number of performances. At the back of the book are a chronology of shows, acknowledgements, sources, and a bibliography, followed by the index mentioned above.
If you have any interest in the golden age of Broadway musicals, this is a wonderful book to have on your shelf. You will find a lot in it.