Daniels’ Orchestral Music is the gold standard among conductors, music programmers, orchestra librarians, and any other music professional—or student—seeking to research and plan an orchestral program, whether for a single concert or a full season.
This sixth edition, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the original edition, has the largest increase in number of entries for a new edition of Orchestral Music: 65% more works (roughly 14,050 total) and 85% more composers (2,202 total) compared to the fifth edition. Details about compositions are gleaned from personal inspection of scores by orchestral conductors, making it a reliable one-stop resource for compositions that cover the standard international repertoire for orchestra.
Users will find all the familiar and useful features of the fifth edition, as well as significant updates and corrections. Works are organized alphabetically by composer and title, and contains duration and instrumentation of each entry, as well as date of composition, publication information, movements, and notes on special accommodations if any. Individual appendices make it easy to browse works that include chorus, solo voices, or solo instruments. Further appendices list orchestral works by instrumentation; by duration; works intended for youth concerts; significant anniversaries of composers; composer groups for thematic programming; and a title index. Also included are essential bibliography, internet sources, institutions and organizations, and a directory of publishers necessary for the orchestra professional. This trusted work used around the globe is a must-have for orchestral professionals, whether conductors or orchestra librarians; administrators involved in artistic planning; music students considering orchestral conducting; authors of program notes; publishers and music dealers; and instructors of conducting.
David Daniels (1933–2020) was emeritus professor of music at Oakland University and conductor emeritus of the Warren Symphony, both in Michigan. In 2016 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Orchestra Directors' Association.
David W. Oertel is music director and conductor of the Austin Philharmonic and Starlight Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted youth orchestras, musical theatre, opera, community bands and orchestras, jazz ensembles, and silent film orchestras. Oertel was an adjunct faculty member at High Point University and North Carolina A&T University. Oertel is also the coauthor of Choral-Orchestral Repertoire: A Conductor’s Guide.
David A. Rahbee is senior artist in residence at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is director of orchestral activities and chair of orchestral conducting. He is the recipient of fellowships from the American-Austrian Foundation, the International Richard-Wagner-Verband, and the Acanthes Centre.
While many orchestra librarians use this important reference work solely for looking up compositions and their timing information, I urge everyone to also utilize the comments in the Preface, as well as the many appendices. . . .I have often said a silent 'thank you' to David Daniels for his lifelong commitment to researching orchestral repertoire and making his information available to those of us in the orchestra world. Now I offer up a public " thank you": well done, David, and much appreciated!
Even in this age of online databases, I still am a frequent user of the print edition of Daniels' Orchestral Music. A quick grab to the latest edition, always nearby, is still one of the quickest ways to get the information that I need to do my job.