Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A musical note

I attended a concert Sunday--Mahler's Das Klagende Lied. To the Philadelphia Orchestra's credit, they have been playing a lot of Mahler recently.

From the program:

The work is scored for three flutes (II and III doubling piccolo), one offstage piccolo, two offstage flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two offstage clarinets, two offstage E-flat clarinets, three bassoons, three offstage bassoons, four horns, four trumpets, two offstage E-flat trumpets, four offstage flugel, three trombones, two tubas, timpani, percussion (bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle), six harps, strings, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass soloists, boy soprano, boy alto, and mixed chorus.

Musicians must have worked cheap in Old Vienna.

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