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Instrumentation etc

nick austin
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Aug 8, 2006, 5:52 PM

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Instrumentation etc

I am convinced that, SOMEWHERE out there on the great and powerful web, there is a database that lists works, orchestral & choral, with details about instrumentation, choir, soloists, performance time etc etc. I just CAN'T find it! The library details on Gerontius don't really do it so.................

If there isn't one, maybe we should help each other out and compile one somehow?


Aug 9, 2006, 8:48 AM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

Try the Musica International Database of Choral Music ( for published choral music. However finding something exists and was or is published is very different from actually obtaining copies....

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Sep 2, 2006, 11:58 AM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

You could try it is American but is very useful for some things and does have some mp3clips too. Worth a look anyway.


Sep 3, 2006, 9:24 AM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

The Choral Singer's Companion by Ronald Corp (Batsford, London, 1987) has this for all the major choral works, but not orchestral unfortunately.
John Turner (Bass-baritone)
Music Director, The Wimborne Orchestra

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Sep 11, 2006, 3:18 PM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

The good news is that there is a book which will answer all your queries!

The bad news is that it is expensive... I paid about 55.00 for mine about 4 years ago - but it is worth it!

Orchestral Music: A Handbook 3rd edition (1996) by David Daniels.

Published in the US by Scarecrow Press. You can get it in the UK but it may need a little chasing up.

It lists works alphabetically by composer with performance times, required soloists, orchestration, editions and so on.

Lots of appendices on suitable works for various combinations of voices/instruments, works by duration, composer anniversaries, thematic programming etc.

Published in 1996, there are obviously gaps but I find recent works have plenty of available information about orchestration.

I hope you manage to obtain a copy.

Kind regards.

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Sep 11, 2006, 3:41 PM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

Further to my first reply - there is a 4th edition!

published 2005, details below

Orchestral Music: A Handbook
4th Edition

David Daniels
(click to enlarge)
The Scarecrow Press, Inc. $65.00 Cloth 0-8108-5674-3 Oct 2005 640pp

This fourth edition of the highly acclaimed, classic sourcebook for planning orchestral programs and organizing rehearsals has been expanded and revised to feature 42% more compositions over the third edition, with clearer entries and a more useful system of appendices. Compositions cover the standard repertoire for American orchestra. Features from the previous edition that have changed and new additions include:

Larger physical format (8.5 x 11 vs. 5.5 x 8.5)

Expanded to 6400 entries and almost 900 composers (only 4200 in 3rd Ed.)

Merged with the American Symphony Orchestra League's OLIS (Orchestra Library Information Service)

Enhanced specific information on woodwind & brass doublings

Lists of required percussion equipment for many works

New, more intuitive format for instrumentation

More contents notes and durations of individual movements

Composers' citizenship, birth and death dates and places, integrated into the listings

Listings of useful websites for orchestra professionals

About the Author
David Daniels, formerly Professor of Music at Oakland University, is Music Director of the Warren Symphony


Oct 18, 2006, 11:15 AM

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Re: [nick austin] Instrumentation etc

Encore - the catalogue of works held in British libraries can also be useful: