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US orchestras are downsizing in post-downturn economy

They are trimming the number of full-time staff and relying on freelance musicians to cut costs
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 05:50

New York

COMPOSERs have long dreamed of bigger orchestras.

In Mozart's day, when orchestras were small by modern standards, he boasted in a letter of hearing one "with 40 violins" play a symphony of his. Berlioz fantasized about an ensemble with 467 players. And even if it is a bit