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Mozart C minor Mass--small forces?

Hi there: What's the absolute smallest number of instrumentalists that would work with this? I would guess that one-on-a-part would not do for balance between strings and winds, so what would? Thanks! Bill
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on March 2, 2014 9:53am
I think it depends equally if not more on the size of your chorus, but I don't think you could get by with less than 4-4-2-2-1 in strings, especially with trombones doubling the AT and B chorus parts.
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on March 4, 2014 1:28pm
The chorus would most likely have a minumum of 30 people, with luck more. (And I am well aware of the need for more people, I'm just trying to get a sense of the worst-case...) Bill
on March 4, 2014 2:29pm
For me, minimum strings is always 3-3-3-2-1. When you hire just two firsts or just two seconds or just two violas there will be tuning issues. You can get away with just two cellos though if you have a bass.
Theoretically, I suppose you could get a way with just one trumpet and just one horn, the chords won't be as full but it could work.
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