Mottl assigned the melody to the Violas + Cellos. Both can be in unison in the same register for this passage. Mottll then creates a second counter line using basic counterpoint to create a two-note against one-note rhythmic line. The line’s pitches are entirely those of Chabrier’s theme. It’s assigned to two harps in unison and then to the First and Second Violins where the line is divided as they play pizzicato.
On the seventh bar where the new counter theme goes out of the range of the violins, the two harps continue the theme.
So now we have a new color to exploit: unison violas and cellos with pizzicato violins and harps doubling on the counter theme.
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