Norman Ludwin - Ludwin Music

Learning orchestration can be a daunting task.  For example: what is the range of the bassoon, how do strings decide which way their bows will move, what does transposition in F mean, and a whole host of other questions await the student of orchestration.   Norman Ludwin has made this process much easier by writing his new book: Orchestration, A New Approach.  The book consists of a 50-page booklet and DVD.  The DVD contains over 1000 pages of scores analyzed for the student of orchestration; not harmonic and form analyzes but rather examining issues of dovetailing, doubling, tessitura concerns, instrumental effects, composers use of articulations and dynamics, bowing and phrasing issues, texture, and the relationship of the different orchestral sections to one another.  The twenty scores range from Haydn to Stravinsky and using a color-coded system, the student can study these annotated scores and see precisely the important points.  The author has created 15 lessons beginning with the fundamentals and moving through each orchestral family, culminating in lessons on combining the instruments together.  Each lesson consists of several educational files, including exercises and instrumental examples.  The lessons include orchestral scores that pertain to the particular area of study and in many cases public domain recordings.  Norman Ludwin teaches Orchestration in the UCLA Extension Program and at the Professional Musicians Union in Los Angeles.