This is a follow up post on orchestration ( I touched on this a few weeks back). Garritan who make a rather spiffy line of orchestral samples have announced a FREE Interactive Edition of “Principles of Orchestration” based upon Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s celebrated text. In this Interactive Edition you will be able to simultaneously hear and see examples from Rimsky-Korsakov’s own works realized with Personal Orchestra. You can find it at Garritan Orchestral Libraries and then follow the links.
Here is the hype
Announcing a new on-line course, based on 19th-century Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s lessons on the Principals of Orchestration. There will be 26 in-depth lessons covering melody, harmony and composition on a range of popular orchestral instruments, with interactive activities and feedback.
During the course, 275 animated scores will be used to demonstrate composition techniques, while students can listen to embedded audio examples and experiment with MIDI files. At the end of the course, Garritan plan to announce a competition that allows the students to put their newly-learned skills to the test and have their work performed by a full (and real) symphony orchestra.
This could be a lot of fun.