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Professional Orchestration Volume 1 is endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy, and Emmy Awards!


Jerry Goldsmith, Academy and Emmy Award Winning Composer
The best orchestration book since Forsyth.

Bruce Broughton, Emmy Award Winning Composer
Professional Orchestration offers more opportunities to see and hear the combinations which formerly could only be imagined.

Emanuele Ruffinengo, Three-time Grammy Award Winner
Peter Alexander has done a huge work in this book. I'm completely delighted with what I've received. Reading only a few pages was enough to realize the high significance of this text, so thanks again! I will definitely recommend it to my students and friends.

Paul Thomson (Spitfire Audio), Aerial and Monteux Award Winning Composer
Every time I open this book I learn something new.

Overview

The Professional Orchestration™ Master Home Study Bundle is the same one semester class bundle we market to colleges that you can order direct and do at your own pace, but with two additional study tools that improves learning effectiveness: the Concert Pak (more than 70 MP3 tracks of solo instrumental performances) and the 4-color Strings Position Booklet, to help you learn how to create playable string parts for live performance.


This value priced bundle includes the printed Professional Orchestration Volume 1 (Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes), the student workbook (called the Professional Mentor™), the Spectrotone Chart (unique to the study of orchestration created by 4x Academy Award® nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange), and 12+ hours of full orchestral music licensed from eClassical.com.


The Concert Pak includes an extra 76 tracks of DRM-free MP3s giving an average 20-minute concert for these solo instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and percussion. Use the Concert Pak to really get to know the instruments you’re writing for.


The String Positions Booklet gives a 4-color view of which pitches are available for each string position for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Use this to both study how string parts are written and to check your own string parts to make sure they’re playable. Courtesy of the Vienna Symphonic Library and composer Jay Bacal, you also get bonus materials for self-study for MIDI mock-ups. Other comparable packages are nearly twice the price. Also included is our Lesson Planner and seven (7) audio lectures explaining how to study on your own. Please click the Contents tab for details.


How you learn.
With Professional Orchestration you learn by doing. The seven (7) Professional Mentor audio lectures with the Professional Mentor workbook show you how to study a score and create a condensed score of the score excerpt being studied. You’re then encouraged to sequence the excerpt to learn orchestration techniques learned from the example, compositional insights from the example, and basic MIDI mock-up and recording skills. The majority of techniques taught in Volume 1 are illustrated with full page/full score examples. Where appropriate, full page scores are given for the low, medium, high and very ranges of each instrument so you can see/hear how scoring techniques change depending on what register the melody or theme is placed. By including the Spectrotone Chart™, which is unique to the Professional Orchestration series, we’re able to combine orchestration insight for coloristic writing with mixing skills in one value priced package not available from any other company. And you can learn at your own pace as your schedule allows.

End Result - you learn how to write and produce your own music!


The Professional Mentor™ – much more than a workbook.
The Professional Mentor is the heart of Professional Orchestration Volume 1 because it turns Professional Orchestration into a complete home study course that you can do on your schedule at your own pace. There’s never a rush.


Here’s how it works. With the Professional Mentor, rather than taking a self-test to see if you know the material, you write one piece for each of the 13 solo instruments covered (the equal of roughly a semester’s worth of work at college) before you do your “final” project – a full symphonic orchestration. With this approach, you create 13 publishable works that become the basis for your own publishing company, and, you can go to the next step, and create your own CD by doing a MIDI mock-up of your piece.


Instruments you write original works for are: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp.


Audio Package
The Professional Orchestration Basic Home Study Bundle comes with 12.1 hours of music in DRM-free MP3 Format licensed from eClassical.com! The audio package accomplishes two learning objectives.


To fulfill listening requirements that many schools have, you’re given the complete suite or movement the majority of the book’s examples are found in. Since they’re MP3s, you’re not chained to a library computer where you’re forced to listen! Instead, you just download the MP3s to your favorite MP3 player and listen wherever. Since the MP3s are Digital Rights Management (DRM) free, you can listen on any Mac, PC, or other MP3 device.


To zoom in and hear the examples covered in the Professional Mentor using our separate timing sheets organized by chapter.A majority of the book's full page/full score examples are covered.


Bonus Gift from VSL
The good folks at the Vienna Symphonic Library, and composer Jay Bacal, have allowed us to give you, at no extra charge, 13 solo compositions with MP3 and MIDI files mocked-up by Jay for the Vienna Instruments sample library. Just load the MP3 and MIDI file into your sequencer. You’ll see how Jay created the composition by studying velocity, expression, and mod wheel data. By the time you’ve gone through each instrument, including solo strings, you’ll know what you need to not only write for each instrument, but how to approach doing a MIDI mock-up. It’s a professional education you can apply to any library, too. (Please note: sheet music or scores for the VSL examples can be purchased separately).


SAMPLE PAGES (Click to open in a new window)
Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Introduction


TABLE OF CONTENTS - Professional Orchestration Volume 1
The First Key: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes
Chapter 1 - String Section Overview

Chapter 2 -The Violin: Basic Information

Chapter 3 - The Viola: Basic Information

Chapter 4 - The Cello: Basic Information

Chapter 5 - The String Bass: Basic Information

Chapter 6 - Bowings, Effects, & Bowing Effects

Chapter 7 - String Stops

Chapter 8 - Divisi

Chapter 9 - Muted Strings

Chapter 10 - Pizzicato

Chapter 11 - Natural and Artificial Harmonics

Chapter 12 - Woodwind Basics

Chapter 13 - The Flute

Chapter 14 - The Piccolo

Chapter 15 - The Oboe

Chapter 16 - The English Horn

Chapter 17 - The Clarinet

Chapter 18 - The Bass Clarinet

Chapter 19 - The Bassoon

Chapter 20 - The Contrabassoon

Chapter 21 - Brass Basics

Chapter 22 - The Bb Trumpet

Chapter 23 - The Tenor and Bass Trombones

Chapter 24 - The Tubas

Chapter 25 - The French Horn

Chapter 26 - The Harp

Chapter 27 - Piano, Organ, Celeste, & Virtual Orchestra

Chapter 28 - The Percussion Section

Bibliography

Contents


Master Home Study Package Contents


The following books will be shipped to you:
1.Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1 - $69.95 Retail Value

The following are instant digital downloads:
2.Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package (89 tracks / Over 12 Hours of Digital Rights Management Free MP3s covering a majority of the examples - Retail Value compared to iTunes and other vendors with DRM-free MP3s) - $88.11 Retail Value
3.Spectrotone Chart™ - $29.95 Retail Value
4.Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value
5. Professional Mentor Vol. 1 MP3 Concert Package - An extra 76 tracks of DRM-free MP3s giving an average 20-minute concert for these solo instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and percussion. Retail Value - $75.24
6. Strings Positions PDF Booklet in 4 Color PDF - Retail Value - $14.95
7. Professional Audio Lecture Overview Talks - Bonus!
8.Orchestral Sample Evaluation Spreadsheets for Woodwinds/Brass, Strings and Harp - Bonus!


Total Value - $303.15


Plus! Your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library - 13 MP3/MIDI files to help you learn the techniques of MIDI Mockup!


Professional Mentor™ Contents
1. Lesson Planner
2. Score Analysis Guide
3. Orchestral Sketchpad PDF
4. Spectrotone Analysis Guide
5. Spectrotone Range Sheets
6. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
7. VSL Self-Study MIDI Mockup
8. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments
9. Orchestral Sample Library Evaluation Spreadsheets


Professional Audio Lectures™
1. Professional Mentor Overview
2. Score Analysis Overview
3. Spectrotone Analysis Overview
4. Spectrotone Range Sheet Assignments
5. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
6. VSL Self-Study Overview
7. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments Overview


eClassical.com DRM-Free MP3 Audio Package
Beethoven
Symphony 5
2. Andante
3-4. Allegro


Beethoven
Symphony 6 (Pastoral)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
3. Allegro


Beethoven
Symphony 7
2. Allegretto


Beethoven
Symphony 9
4. Finale - Presto


Berlioz
Symphony Fantastique
1. Reveries (Passions)
2. Un bal
3. Scene aux champs
4. Marche au supplice
5. Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat


Bizet
Carmen Suites Complete
Suite #1: 1. Prelude - Aragonaise
Suite #1: 2. Intermezzo
Suite #1: 3. Seguidilla
Suite #1: 4. Les dragons de Alcala
Suite #1: 5. Marche du toreador
Suite #2: 1. Marche des contrabandiers
Suite #2: 2. Habanera
Suite #2: 3. Nocturne
Suite #2: 4. Chanson du toreador
Suite #2: 5. Garde montant
Suite #2: 6. Danse bohemienne


Debussy
Images/Iberia
Images 1: Gigues
Images 2: Iberia - Par les rues et par les chemins
Images 2: Iberia - Les parfums de la nuit
Images 2: Iberia - Le matin d'un jour de fete
Images 3: Rondes de printemps


Debussy
La Mer
1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
2. Jeux de vagues
3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer


Dvorak
Symphony #9 (New World)
2. Largo
4. Allegro con fuoco


Mahler
Symphony #1 (Titan)
1. Langsam Schleppend
2. Scherzo kraftig bewegt
3. Feierlich und gemessen ohne zu schleppen
4. Sturmisch bewegt


Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Overture
Scherzo
Intermezzo
Notturno
Wedding March


Mendelssohn
Symphony #4 (Italian)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante con moto
3. Con moto moderato
4. Saltarello


Mozart
Symphony #36
1. Adagio Allegro spiritoso
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Presto


Mozart
Symphony #41
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto
4. Molto allegro


Prokofiev
Lt. Kije
3. Kije's wedding
4. Troika


Ravel
Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2


Ravel
Mother Goose Suite
1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
2. Petit Poucet
3. Laideronnette imperatrice des Pagodes
4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
5. Le jardin feerique


Ravel
La Valse


Rimsky-Korsakov
Cappricio Espagnole
1. Alborda
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano Coda


Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
2. The Kalender Prince
3. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
4. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea


Schumann
Symphony #1 (Spring)
1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace


Sibelius
Swan of Tuonela


Strauss
Don Juan


Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks


Stravinksy
The Rite of Spring
1. L'adoration de la terre
2. Le Sacrifice


Tchaikovsky
Symphony #4
3. Scherzo Pizzicato ostinato allegro


Tchaikovsky
Symphony #6 (Pathetique)
1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo


Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker
3. Danse de la fee
6. Danse chinoise
7. Danse des mirlitons
8. Valse des fleurs


Wagner
Parsifal Prelude


Wagner
Tristan und Isolde Prelude


Wagner
Lohengrin Prelude


Wagner
Ride of the Valkyries


Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg Prelude

Spectrotone Chart

Spectrotone Chart


Because Professional Orchestration™ is the first orchestral scoring series to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles, we’re excited to announce the addition of the Spectrotone Chart™, created by Academy Award® nominee Arthur Lange, who was also music director for MGM and other studios.

Using the Spectrotone Chart you'll learn how to create effective orchestral combinations by understanding which instruments will blend well together in which registers, or which instruments will provide a more contrasting tone-color when placed together. You'll also learn starting insights on orchestral balance within each section of strings, brass and winds.

In Arthur Lange’s own words, the Spectrotone Chart is, “a colorgraphic exposition of tone-color combinations and balance as practiced in modern orchestration.”

The Spectrotone Chart has applications to any style of music that makes use of orchestral instruments. It shows orchestral balance and color at a glance. With the Spectrotone Chart, visual colors are used to describe instrumental tone-colors, making it possible to determine in advance the true balance of any orchestral color effects. Because the Spectrotone Chart does away with trial and error guessing, you can use it when arranging, composing, recording or mixing. With its color coded approach, you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes.

Each tone-color has an additional timbre description that changes depending on the type of articulation used. In your PDF Guides you're given a chart of Articulation Tables by tone-color, by instrument that show how the timbre can change, and also how this will affect the intensity and carrying power of that instrument. You'll know when an instrument in a particular register will be strong in intensity, or when it will be weak and possibly need reinforcing by another instrument.

For mixing purposes and applying EQ, we’ve added the Hz frequencies for each pitch under the keyboard shown at the bottom of the chart.

Because the Spectrotone Chart is a must have for all arrangers, composers and recording engineers, we've made it a part of our Professional Orchestration curriculum, and the Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundles.

The Spectrotone Chart is a digital downloaded item, that can be used as an on-screen reference, or printed out on a variety of different sized papers. It's designed for 18" x 24" poster printing, but can be resized on a home color printer.

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Reviews: Professional Orchestration Volume 1


Jerry Goldsmith, Academy and Emmy Award Winning Composer
The best orchestration book since Forsyth.


Bruce Broughton, Emmy Award Winning Composer
Professional Orchestration offers more opportunities to see and hear the combinations which formerly could only be imagined.


Emanuele Ruffinengo, Three-time Grammy Award Winner
Peter Alexander has done a huge work in this book. I'm completely delighted with what I've received. Reading only a few pages was enough to realize the high significance of this text, so thanks again! I will definitely recommend it to my students and friends.


Paul Thomson, Synesthesia (UK)
Every time I open this book I learn something new.