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Published: 25 October 2012

168 Pages | 10 b/w halftones


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