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In case you didn't know about it, The Sound of Broadway Music by Steven Suskin is an all-encompassing guide to how Broadway music is written and orchestrated. It goes into great detail in discussing how instruments are chosen and used for different shows and how composers, orchestrators and arrangers do their thing. There's even a fascinating discussion of how and why specific instruments are assigned to Reed Books 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you've ever been awestruck by the sounds you hear in the reed section and wonder how they do it, it's a very satisfying read. I highly recommend it!

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Wow!! That sounds like a great book! I definitely need to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
 
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