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Coronation Mass- just strings?

Has anyone performed Mozart's mass without winds and brass?
on March 11, 2014 1:28am
I haven't performed it without the woodwind, brass and timps. But the problem that I can see is that on more than a few occasions the oboe parts are carrying the melody line of the accompaniment with the strings playing something else.
To make a successful performance with strings only would need a different continuo part in which all the 'missing' important parts are cued in. This wouldn't be the rehearsal piano part as that would be too overloaded
with the string parts.
I recently completed a new edition of the whole thing and would be prepared to develop an organ continuo part which had all the important wind parts cued up if you are interested.
Stuart McIntosh
on March 11, 2014 5:41am
Stuart is absolutely correct in that the oboes and horns are essential.  I could see leaving out the trumpets, trombones, and timpani, but you would miss them.  Writing a new continuo part to cover the parts is doable if you're willing to put in the time and have a good organist who will familiarize themselves enough with the orchestration to make good registration choices.
on March 11, 2014 8:10am
If you only have strings, why not perform a different Mozart mass, such as the Missa brevis in Bb, which only calls for string accompaniment?
Applauded by an audience of 3
on March 11, 2014 12:20pm
Agreed. Another good choice is Missa brevis in F, K. 192, strings only.
Robert Russell
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 12, 2014 8:16am
And the D Major Missa Brevis is a blast!
on March 13, 2014 5:25am
Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!
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