Lesson 16 of the Interactive Rimsky-Korsakov Principles of Orchestration is now posted. In previous lessons we discussed harmony with the individual families of instruments. In this lesson we discuss harmony in combined groups of instruments. Here is the link:

Lesson 16:

For those unfamiliar with the course, the popular Rimsky-Korsakov "Principles of Orchestration" is one of the finest orchestration boks ever puiblished. This online interactive edition presents this classic work as a multimedia, self paced course, delivered here on the Northern Sounds forums. And it's free!

The course has 26 lessons with numerous interactive scores (275 of them) that allow you to see the score while you hear the music. There are exercises with scores, midi files and audio clips. There are online orchestration professors and a community learning environment where learners can discuss the topics and share their examples. Here's the link to the course itself:


Only 10 Lessons remaining!

I welcome your participation.

Gary Garritan

"The right music played by the right instruments at the right time in the right combination: that's good orchestration." --Leonard Bernstein