Grand Traité d’Instrumentation et d’Orchestration Modernes
, abbreviated in English
as the Treatise on Instrumentation
(sometimes Treatise on Orchestration
) is a technical study of Western musical instruments
, written by Hector Berlioz
. It was first published in 1844 after being serialised in many parts prior to this date, and had a chapter added by Berlioz on conducting
in 1855. The text was later revised by Richard Strauss
in 1904 to include more modern instruments. 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 often of works by Berlioz himself, while Mozart
, and Gluck
are also frequently cited.
Many composers studied the work closely, such as Mussorgsky, Mahler, R. Strauss, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Voices: (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass etc.)
Other topics discussed
- an overview of how the orchestra functions as a whole, and its development throughout history.
On conducting - a brief discussion of conducting practices in Europe during Berlioz's day. It should be noted that Berlioz was also known as a great conductor in his time, in addition to a composer.