One of the most effective ways to learn orchestration is by listening and simultaneously seeing it on the score. Live playback of the score examples impart an added dimension, conveying concepts far more clearly and immediately than simply viewing what’s on a printed page. Rimsky-Korsakov himself recommended: “The best plan is to study full-scores, and listen to an orchestra, score in hand.”
In this Interactive Edition, we have provided exactly that facility: Score excerpts which allow the learner to simultaneously listen and visually follow. Starting with Lesson No. 1, there are bout 275 audio-enabled scores that are embedded within the relevant portions of the text. In a few cases, a substitute or supplemental example was provided if it could better highlight what was being conveyed.
Many of the illustrations were taken from the classic text. We also replaced the complex “Rimsky-Korsakov algebra” with easily understood graphics and added various illustrations for clarification and color. Also, wesupplemented the text with dozens of our own exercises to apply the principles and concepts that were taught.
The ability to hear various orchestral realizations of the different examples from Rimsky-Korsakov’s works, on-demand, is invaluable; and books alone cannot provide this level of instruction.