Preface Contents of this page. It therefore seemed worthwhile to reproduce here substantial extracts from the work, with particular emphasis on those passages where Berlioz tries to define and explore the expressive possibilities of each instrument of the orchestra. These extracts are collected here on a page devoted entirely to the treatise also available in the original French. The organisation of the Treatise in chapters has therefore not been followed beyond chapter 1. Comparison may also be made with the Report written by Berlioz on the musical instruments exhibited in at the Great Exhibition in London, and available on this site both in the original French and in an English translation.
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Grand traité d'instrumentation et d'orchestration modernes, Op.10 (Berlioz, Hector)
It was first published in after being serialised in many parts prior to this date and had a chapter added by Berlioz on conducting in In , Richard Strauss was asked to update the text to include some modern instruments and added musical examples from Wagner, and in the updated Treatise with a new preface by Strauss was published in German. The book discusses the various technical aspects of instruments, such as chromatic range , tone quality , and limitations. An explanation of the role of particular instruments within the orchestra is also provided. The book also provides orchestral excerpts from classical scores to give examples of techniques discussed. These examples are sometimes of works by Berlioz himself, while Mozart , Wagner , Beethoven , and Gluck are also frequently cited.
A Treatise upon Modern Instrumentation and Orchestration