The Birth of the Orchestra : History of an Institution, 1650-1815

The Birth of the Orchestra : History of an Institution, 1650-1815

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This is the story of the orchestra, from 16th-century string bands to the qclassicalq 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.Most of the repertory played by the violin bands seems to have been composed by the violinists themselves and preserved either in violin tablature or in staff notation. Members of the bands pledged to rehearse their repertory and finedanbsp;...


Title:The Birth of the Orchestra : History of an Institution, 1650-1815
Author: Music History and Literature San Francisco Conservatory of Music John Spitzer Chair, Neal Zaslaw Professor of Music Cornell University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2005-08-05
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