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In the time before classic books on orchestration by Berlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov had been written, how would a composer such as Mozart have been able to learn to write for orchestra?

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Well his father was a teacher. Also, he could study previous works such as Haydn's. Wikipedia gives some details: Mozart at Wikipedia

  • Is there any chance you could take the .m. out of that link? I'd do it myself but I do not have sufficient reputation to edit directly, and suggested edits require a minimum of six characters. – phoog Mar 31 at 22:59
  • @phoog Done. Thanks for spotting that. It was not deliberate; I guess that I was using a phone or tablet when I wrote it. – badjohn Mar 31 at 23:18

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