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A century later in Dresden the court orchestra employed 16 violins--4 each of violas, cellos, and double basses; 4 each of flutes, oboes, and clarinets and 3 bassoons; 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, and timpani. During the same time the London Philharmonic seemed to strive for a far richer sound, engaging 16 first violins, 16 second violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos, and 7 double basses; 3 flutes and pairs of oboes, clarinets, and bassoons; 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, and timpani...
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Over the course of the three decades, the orchestra became a vehicle for expressing a composer's most serious thoughts and not simply an instrument heard in secondary role in the church, the theater, and at festive entertainment's. But in the later 19th century such symphonic composers as Anton Bruckner (1824--96) and Gustav Mahler (1860--1911) significantly expanded the orchestra's size...
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