The following are orchestrations to a variety of original, period music played primarily in theaters by what was referred to as small orchestras. These were "modernizations" of the earlier chamber orchestra that accompanied operas and music stage presentations of the 18th and 19th centuries. They have a wonderful clarity and lightness of sound to them and really bring the 1890-1920 music to life. Of course, one needn't have a vaudeville show nor silent film to enjoy the output of such an ensemble.
The instrumentation was usually piano, 2 violins, viola, 'cello, string bass; one or two clarinets, flute/piccolo; 2 cornets (or trumpets), trombone and drums. The conductor often was the first violinist and conducted on occassion with his bow. Instrumentation various with piece.
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