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Arranging Music for the Real World: Classical and Commercial Aspects (Book & CD set) [Paperback]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.6" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 23, 2002
Publisher   Alfred Publishing Company
ISBN  0786649615  
EAN  9780786649617  

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This book is written from a composer's point of view and is intended to be a reference book for the analysis of arranging techniques. Its aim is to help composers and arrangers improve their compositional skills as well as their understanding of various musical styles. Through a study and analysis of the scores and styles of the master composers, the author gives a broad view of the music of both the past and of the present. This allows the musician to navigate within the contemporary music scene with an essential awareness of and appreciation for all genres of music. The skills and concepts taught in this book will help the aspiring arranger harmonize melodies and write counter-melodies quickly and efficiently utilizing various combinations of instruments and voices, whether for pops orchestra, television, or recordings, according to the demands of modern commercial music.

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Opens the door to a universe of sound  Mar 23, 2008
As a rock guitarist who reads and writes music, I bought Arranging Music for the Real World hoping to expand my knowledge and discover new techniques for using brass, woodwinds, and strings to enrich recorded songs. Packed with practical and timeless information, Corozine's book-and-CD package exceeds my expectations. The audio examples are beautifully recorded and performed, and make the book's notation come alive. If you've wondered how to get those lush sounds from the golden era of big bands, swing ensembles, and classic movie scores, this book provides the answers. Most importantly, it will give you the confidence to work with trained musicians and express your ideas using their vocabulary.

It isn't an introduction to music theory. To benefit from this material, you need to read music notation and understand keys, scales, intervals, and harmony. But if you're looking to unlock the secrets of arranging for acoustic instruments, this book offers a lifetime of study and inspiration. Just be sure you have a piano or keyboard handy to explore the hundreds of examples Corozine uses to illustrate essential concepts and techniques.
Excellent buy!  Nov 20, 2006
Excellent book, lots of examples in the CD. The book gives you tons of useful tips for the working or weekend musician. I gave it 4 stars because it already starts with concepts like open or closed position, and doesn't explain them, making this book a bit advanced for a beginner. If you're not a beginner, this book is for you!
Great Book  Dec 26, 2002
Corozine's text has been sorely needed by studying arrangers for quite some time; classical focused books have addressed instrument ranges and effects applicable to those specific instruments through orchestral literature, and commercial ones give little information on practical uses of specific techniques. Corozine's text not only covers these two areas, but also is careful to contrast different treatments of arranging the same music. The accompanying compact disc is very helpful in illustrating Corozine's points. In all, a book I wish I had while studying for my own master's degree in arranging in the mid 1990s. Well done!
Where was this masterful book "Arranging Music For the Real World" when I needed it" As a young "road" musician, early in the stages of arranging, I used to ask reputable arrangers how they had become so knowledgeable and learned to write so well. Unequivocally they all gave the same answer, "I studied and analyzed scores of the 'Masters.'" The author of this excellent book, Vince Corozine, uses this unique concept (the basic principles of arranging and orchestration), as the basis of his book, showing how composers of the past used them and how they effectively may be used today to achieve a fresh contemporary sound. Mr. Corozine has fulfilled his goal admirably, with the inclusion of music of all genres: jazz, symphonic, pop, choral, Broadway, film, and television scores. Not only does he display samples of his own compositions and the "Masters," he demonstrates his works beautifully on a CD which comes with the book. If you feel your arrangements and compositions lack the excitement, tonal color and sophistication that you so desire, then this book is your answer. As a professional musician and music educator, I highly recommend "Arranging Music for the Real World."
New Vince Corozine Book  Jun 22, 2002
I have to admit to some personal bias in posting this review. A few years ago, I commuted from my home in Hampton, Virginia, down to North Carolina to take some composition lessons with Vince Corozine. Vince showed me some preliminary chapters from a book he was working on and asked me to read and make some comments on what he had done. His goal was to discuss contemporary arranging techniques and compare those techniques with the compositional style of the great composers of the western European tradition. I have just finished reading the complete book for the first time and I think that Vince fulfilled his goal admirably. In addition to being a master composer/arranger and an inspiring teacher, Vince is also a warm and generous person. These traits are in full bloom in this book. Along with providing a wealth of information about arranging and composition, the tone of the book reflects Vince's joy of music making and his willingness to share his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject. I especially liked Chapter 6, A Brief Historical Survey of Orchestration, where Vince compares orchestration styles from the Baroque to the Impressionistic periods. Vince has included numerous examples from his own arrangements and original compositions, which reinforces the fact that this is no mere academic exercise. There are abundant musical examples in the text and an accompanying CD, which includes selections, most or all, arranged or composed by Vince. This book is sure to be a welcome addition to the literature , as both a manual of instruction and as a reference work in itself- a great contribution from one of America's outstanding composer/arrangers.

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