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I'm reading about orchestration and came across this tidbit that might amuse a few of you:

Another angle on great orchestration: someone asked Elgar why in one of his scores he had the cor anglais playing mezzo forte when the rest of the orchestra was playing fortissimo and the cor anglais couldn't possibly be heard. Elgar said the instrument had an important solo in a few bars and he wanted to give the player a chance to warm up.

:-D

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Listening to Wagner and Ravel today.
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