Arranging/Harmony Literature

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by cornyandy, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. cornyandy

    cornyandy Member

    Hi Guys,

    In an attemt to divert to something more positive. I love playing around on Musecore arranging bits and pieces (hymns and folk songs) as I've alluded to before. Could any one suggest any literature about harmony or arranging which would help me. I'm thinking of tapping eihter my local library or the College Library at St John's (as an ex History student I can get in fairly easily)

    Thanks Folks

  2. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Denis Wright's 'Scoring and arranging for brass band' is a good place to start.

    Unlikely to give you much help with more contemporary harmony or scoring, but very good for helping iron out bad musical grammar and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the various combinations of instruments available.
  3. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Andy Duncan has done a book relating to band scoring which is very helpful.
  4. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Also the Ray Steadman-Allen book "Colour and Texture in the Brass Band Score" is very good for scoring (has a dedicated section on hymn-tune scoring, which is excellent). Not a harmony textbook, though ...
  5. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Walter Piston's Harmony was the standard text when I was as student. Only really covers "classical" harmony though, not jazz.
  6. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    When I was a student we learnt primarily form the William Lovelock books - possibly even more dated than the Piston, but they did offer a solid technical grounding.
  7. cornyandy

    cornyandy Member

    Thanks for that guys I will be availing myself of library copies forthwith
  8. Keith Stanley James Lever

    Keith Stanley James Lever Supporting Member

    An ancient book to get hold of is "Wind bands and brass bands in school and music centre" by Kevin Thompson (ISBN 0 521 25892 8 hard covers & ISBN 0 521 27750 7 paperback) published by the Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RP it was first published in 1985.

    166 pages of interesting reading.


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