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Perhaps the clarinettist in your first clip provides a clue. Berlioz made great use of the brass. But was the required sound as heavy as would be produced by today's wide-bore instruments? The clarinettist would have been blown out of the room! Those instruments are reasonably authentic for Berlioz's time. More interesting, perhaps, is the lack of a ...


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French composers at that time were writing for smaller, tenor trombones. Remember, too, that Franck was not writing for a bass trombone, but, as most French composers of the time, for three tenors, which makes his foray into the high range more understandable. Even Berlioz wrote rarely for bass trombone (the only example I have found is in his "Funeral ...


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