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The Sound of Broadway Music

The Sound of Broadway Music: A book of orchestrators and orchestrationsThe Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations  by Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press, USA (April 8, 2009) 672 pages.

Few people understand precisely what the orchestrator does. The Sound of Broadway Music is the first book ever written about these unsung stars of the Broadway musical whose work is so vital to each show's success.

The book examines the careers of Broadway's major orchestrators and follows the song as it travels from the composer's piano to the orchestra pit.

Steven Suskin with his Broadway orchestations bookSteven Suskin has meticulously tracked down thousands of original orchestral scores, piecing together enigmatic notes and notations with long-forgotten documents and current interviews with dozens of composers, producers, conductors and arrangers.

Photo: Steven Suskin, an author of  numerous Broadway-related books, at a book signing for The Sound of Broadway Music. Photo by Carol de Giere

The information in this Broadway orchestrations book is separated into three main parts:

Stocked with intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes, many of which have never before appeared in print, The Sound of Broadway Music brings fascinating and often surprising new insight into the world of musical theatre.

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Table of Contents

Verse: On Orchestrators and Orchestration

Refrain: Men of Notes (And a Few Women, Too)
I. The Dreyfus System
II. Twelve Major Orchestrators
III. Ghosts and Other Helpers
IV. Valued Members of the Music Department
V. Comparative Orchestrators

Bridge: The Art of Orchestration
VI. From Song to Stage
VII. The Arrangement
VIII. Overture
IX. Meet the Colors
X. And Then Comes the Orchestrator
XI. The Orchestration
XII. Putting it Together
XIII. "Sweeney in the Pit with Steve"

Final Refrain: What's the Score?
XIV. About the Listings
XV. The Listings
XVI. Additional Shows by Other Orchestrators

Sources and Bibliography

BUY: The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations  by Steven Suskin

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