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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

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...

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