Mckay himself had his music presented in the concert halls of America by the master conductors Stokowski, Beecham and Arthur Benjamin during his lifetime, along with hundreds of publications and other honors. Creative orchestration contains many fine working examples of music and diagrams explaining technical principles of composition.
His students have won the Grammy, the Pulitzer, Guggenheim Grants and the National Medal of the Arts.
Musical Composition: Craft and ArtIt is designed for both classroom use and independent study. An invaluable introduction to the art and craft of musical composition from a distinguished teacher and composer This essential introduction to the art and craft of musical composition is designed to familiarize beginning composers with principles and techniques applicable to a broad range of musical styles, from concert pieces to film scores and video game music.
The first of its kind to utilize a style-neutral approach, in addition to presenting the commonly known classical forms, building to a climax, this book offers invaluable general guidance on developing and connecting musical ideas, and other fundamental formal principles.
Contemporary Counterpoint: Theory & Application Music Theory: CounterpointOnline audio examples illustrate the principles being discussed, and many recommended listening lists point you to additional examples of how these principles have been used in music over the past thousand years. Use counterpoint to make your music more engaging and creative. Counterpoint the relationship between musical voices is among the core principles for writing music, and it has been central to the study of composition for many centuries.
You will learn "tricks of the trade" from the masters and apply these skills to contemporary styles. Whether you are a composer, bandleader, or improvising musician, music director, gain control, this book will help hone your craft, arranger, orchestrator, film composer, and lead you to new creative possibilities.
Arranging for StringsBerklee Guide. You will learn: * the tunings, and bass, celtic, electric, viola, fills, rock, recording, and harmonics * timbral and rhythm effects, tremolos, trills, jazz, and comping * Stylistic nuances of genres such as American roots, and swing * Mic, ponticello/feedback, sul tasto, including standard instruments and common variations, pads, and synthesized string instruments and sections * Bowing techniques and possibilities * Characteristic articulations and sounds, klezmer, such as chop technique, and timbres for the violin, range, portamento, Gypsy jazz, cello, such as melody/countermelody, pizzicato, eastern European, including acoustic, such as vibrato, and falls * String-section arranging techniques, and live sound techniques for capturing the best string sounds for both acoustic and electric instruments .
Discover voicings that work best for each project and explore the intricacies of bowing. This book presents time-tested techniques and contemporary developments in writing and arranging for strings. Learn to use strings in your compositions and arrangements! From romantic chord pads to powerful grooves to gut-wrenching passionate melodies, strings do it all.
Make your work stand out with the drama and depth that well informed string writing can bring. Hear articulation approaches from pads to chopping in the online audio examples. You'll learn strategies for authentic writing in many different styles and find ideas to take your personal sound forward. See how other composers have used strings to heighten the impact of their music in the written examples.
Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator's HandbookTextures and timbres focuses on the study of acoustic instrumental tone-qualities, offering comprehensive systematic procedures for balancing and mixing them, both in harmonic and linear contexts. Textures and timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook is an absolutely vital tool for the conductor. The lessons and inspiration shared in this text span Brant’s entire career, from his work in commercial radio to his orchestration classes at the Juilliard School and orchestrations of numerous Hollywood film scores.
In observation of other orchestration texts throughout his life, in that they gave instructions based on hoped-for evocations of mystic visions rather than the actual, Brant realized that many were incomplete, practical qualities of instruments. Used book in Good Condition. Henry brant’s new guide to orchestration is, in fact, and teacher; its first page written in the 1940s, composer, the result of his lifelong work as a conductor, and its final page written in 2005.
Fundamentals of Musical CompositionUsed book in Good Condition. For his classes he developed a manner of presentation in which 'every technical matter is discussed in a very fundamental way, so that at the same time it is both simple and thorough'. This book can be used for analysis as well as for composition. Fundamentals of musical composition represents the culmination of more than forty years in Schoenberg's life devoted to the teaching of musical principles to students and composers in Europe and America.
Used book in Good Condition. On the one hand, from the smallest to the largest forms; on the other hand, it has the practical objective of introducing students to the process of composing in a systematic way, the author analyses in thorough detail and with numerous illustrations those particular sections in the works of the masters which relate to the compositional problem under discussion.
Creative Harmony: A Project Method for Advanced StudyHis students have won the grammy award, The Pulitzer and the National Medal for the Arts, an Academy Award, in addition to several Guggenheim Grants. Creative harmony is an advanced theory textbook by the famous american composer george frederick McKay 1899-1970 whose music has been presented by conductors Leopold Stokowski, Sir Thomas Beecham, Karl Krueger, Arthur Fiedler, Frederick Fennell, Howard Hanson, Leonard Slatkin, Arthur Benjamin and John McLaughlin Williams.
Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Mckay developed encouraging and experiential teaching techniques over 4 decades of work at the University of Washington, and was honored to be commissioned to compose the Seattle Centennial Symphony in 1951, Seattle, which was performed and broadcast by the Seattle Symphony for the occasion.
. Professor mckay also had several hundred of his works published and is currently recorded on several NAXOS CD recordings which receive extensive playings on radio channels and the internet.
Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music Music Pro GuidesAndy hill is among the handful of penetrating minds and ears engaged in film music today. Used book in Good Condition. Through extensive and unprecedented analyses of the original concert scores, it is the first to offer both aspiring composers and music educators with a view from the inside of the actual process of scoring-to-picture.
The core thesis of scoring the screen is that music for motion pictures is indeed a language, developed by the masters of the craft out of a dramatic and commercial necessity to communicate ideas and emotions instantaneously to an audience. Yet a search on amazon reveals at least 50 titles under the category of film music, patton, To Kill a Mockingbird, and, only a meager few actually allow readers to see the music itself, while none of them examine landmark scores like Vertigo, The Untouchables, remarkably, or The Matrix in the detail provided by Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music.
This is the first book since Roy M. In professional and academic spheres, media music study and practice are growing; undergraduate and postgraduate programs in media scoring are offered by dozens of major colleges and universities. Used book in Good Condition. Like all languages, it exists primarily to convey meaning.
And increasingly, pop and contemporary classical composers are expanding their reach into cinema and other forms of screen entertainment. To quote renowned orchestrator conrad pope who has worked with John Williams, among others: “If you have any interest in what music 'means' in film, Howard Shore, and Alexandre Desplat, get this book.
Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation Faber EditionSection iii - layout and presentation: preparing Materials * Score Layout * Part Preparation * Electroacoustic Music * Freedom and Choice. Behind bars covers everything from basic rules, conventions and themes to complex instrumental techniques, empowering the reader to prepare music with total clarity and precision.
Section ii - idiomatic notation: woodwind and Brass * Percussion * Keyboard * Harp * Classical Guitar * Strings * Vocal Music. Used book in Good Condition. This seminal and all-encompassing guide encourages new standards of excellence and accuracy and, at a weighty 704 pages, it is supported by 1, 500 music examples of published scores from Bach to Xenakis.
In the most thorough and painstakingly researched book to be published since the 1980s, specialist music editor Elaine Gould provides a comprehensive grounding in notational principles. Used book in Good Condition. Hal leonard. Behind bars is the indispensable reference book for composers, teachers and students of composition, arrangers, editors, and music processors.
With the advent of computer technology, it has never been more important for musicians to have ready access to principles of best practice in this dynamic field, and this book will support the endeavors of software users and devotees of hand-copying alike. Chapters include: section i - general * conventions: ground rules * chords -- dotted notes -- Ties * Accidentals and Key Signatures * Dynamics and Articulation * Grace Notes, Trills, Arpeggiated Chords, Glissandos and Vibrato * Metre * Tuplets * Repeat Signs.
The author's understanding of, and passion for, her subject has resulted in a book that is not only practical but also compellingly readable.
Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema Oxford Music/Media SeriesHarmony, is emblematic of the "film music sound, and especially chromaticism, " and it is often used to evoke that most cinematic of feelings-wonder. Used book in Good Condition. Special emphasis is placed on scores for major blockbusters such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Inception. Hal leonard. Film music often tells us how to feel, but it also guides us how to hear.
With over a hundred meticulously transcribed music examples and more than two hundred individual movies discussed, Hollywood Harmony will fascinate any fan of film and music. To help parse this familiar but complex musical style, Hollywood Harmony offers a first-of-its kind introduction to neo-Riemannian theory, a recently developed and versatile method of understanding music as a dynamic and transformational process, rather than a series of inert notes on a page.
Author frank lehman draws from his extensive knowledge of cinematic history with case-studies that range from classics of Golden Age Hollywood to massive contemporary franchises to obscure cult-films. Used book in Good Condition. Hollywood harmony explores the inner workings of film music, bringing together tools from music theory, musicology, and music psychology in this first ever book-length analytical study of this culturally central repertoire.
Used book in Good Condition. Filmgoing is an intensely musical experience, one in which the soundtrack structures our interpretations and steers our emotions. This application of neo-riemannian theory to film music is perfect way in for curious newcomers, while also constituting significant scholarly contribution to the larger discipline of music theory.
Principles of Orchestration Dover Books on MusicBut invention, is closely allied to technique, in all art, and technique can be taught. In his course, he demonstrates such things as how to produce a good-sounding chord of certain tone-quality, uniformly distributed; how to detach a melody from its harmonic setting; correct progression of parts; and other similar problems.
The first chapter is a general review of orchestral groups, with an instrument-by-instrument breakdown and material on such technical questions as fingering, emission of sound, range, etc. Used book in Good Condition. To orchestrate is to create, the great Russian composer whose genius for brilliant, " wrote Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and this cannot be taught, highly colored orchestration is unsurpassed.
There follows two chapters on melody and harmony in strings, brasses, winds, and combined groups. Used book in Good Condition. Hal leonard. Used book in Good Condition. They are largely responsible for making this book the very special and very useful publication it is. This single-volume edition also includes a brief preface by the editor and extracts from Rimsky-Korsakov's 1891 draft and final versions of his own preface, as well as an appendixed chart of single tutti chords in the composer's works.
These excerpts are all referred to in the text itself, where they illustrate, far better than words, particular points of theory and actual musical practice. Chapter iv, composition of the orchestra, covers different ways of orchestrating the same music; effects that can be achieved with full tutti; tutti in winds, tutti pizzicato, soli in the strings, etc.