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Published: 10 September 2012

168 Pages | 10 b/w halftones

4-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780199760282

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The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction

D. Kern Holoman

Very Short Introductions

  • surveys the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society
  • disputes prevalent notions of the death of the orchestra
  • argues for the centrality of the symphony orchestra in cultural diplomacy and civic pride
  • welcomes new media for the consumption of orchestral music
  • updates orchestral history with accounts of recent strikes and bankruptcies on the one hand, and the conspicious success of several massive new concert halls, on the other