Alexander Publishing has released to the public the first of two training programs: Writing For Strings/Living Music Book Level 1 . This new course is based on 30 lessons and includes QuickTime videos, MIDI files, a sample library, recorded audio examples, PDF scores, a thesaurus of Orchestral Devices, a text on Orchestration, and can be supplemented by a mentor program, live recording sessions and summer workshops.
Created by Peter Lawrence Alexander, the program is designed to be used with either a high quality professional MIDI keyboard or a computer with a sequencing program and software sampling library.
In addition to the course’s 30 lessons, the package includes Quick Time videos of string bowings created by Dr. Michael Hopkins of the University of Vermont, a solo strings sample library in GigaStudio format (which imports into major software samplers), MIDI files of the major examples, bonus audio lessons for additional demonstrations, analysis of a student recording session, 15 PDF scores, and for electronic orchestration, a Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices derived from Debussy’s Jeux de vagues movement from La Mer.
Writing for Strings/Living Music Book Level 1 is an independent self-study training guide; two packages are available from either $159 USD or $179 USD. The 845-page Revised Rimsky-Korsakov’s Principles of Orchestration by Peter Lawrence Alexander is the required text and is available as either a printed book in a 3-ring D-ring binder or as a downloadable PDF.
For ordering information, visit www.truespec.com/store/books/courses/writingforstrings/index.shtml