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Instrumentation (or orchestration for the orchestra) denotes the stipulation of specific instrumental sounds in designing a musical work. The historical development shows an increasing tendency to make these stipulations in writing, as instrumentation became more complex and more integral to the score [3]; [4].

The key musical genres of the 15th and 16th centuries were governed by the acoustic ideal of the human voice. However, it was entirely in keeping with contemporary musical performance practice to double vocal parts with musical instruments. Rare as the survival o…

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Redmann, Bernd, “Instrumentation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021471>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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