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Author Spitzer, John, 1945-

Title The birth of the orchestra : history of an institution, 1650-1815 / John Spitzer and Neal Zaslaw
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 614 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, music
Contents Introduction -- Pre-orchestral ensembles -- Lully's orchestra -- Corelli's orchestra -- The orchestra in Italy -- The orchestra in France -- The orchestra in Germany -- The orchestra in England -- The classical orchestra -- Placement, seating, and acoustics -- Orchestral performance practices -- The life and times of an eighteenth-century orchestra musician -- The birth of orchestration -- The meaning of the orchestra
Summary This is the story of the orchestra, from 16th-century string bands to the 'classical' orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Spitzer and Zaslaw document orchestral organization, instrumentation, social roles, repertories, and performance practices in Europe and the American colonies, concluding around 1800 with the widespread awareness of the orchestra as a central institution in European life. - ;This book traces the emergence of the orchestra from 16th-century string bands to the 'classical' orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries. Ensembles of bowed stringed inst
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 553-591) and index
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Subject Orchestra -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Zaslaw, Neal, 1939-
LC no. 2004301429
ISBN 0191513237 (electronic bk.)
0198164343 (Cloth)
1429469196 (electronic bk.)
9780191513237 (electronic bk.)
9780198164340 (Cloth)
9781429469197 (electronic bk.)