Being the investigative researcher he is, Max Tofone, who newly engraved Professional Orchestration: A Practical Handbook, discovered that the Austrian composer/conductor Felix Mottl, who was an expert in conducting Wagner, had orchestrated Chabrier’s Bourree Fanstasque and found the complete score online. I then followed up and found a complete recording of Mottl’s orchestration on iTunes.

Here’s Mottl’s solution for the opening bars for strings within the full orchestra. What do you see?

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