Re: Mandolin in major orchestra repertoire
Purists will probably lynch me for saying this, but I'd ~humbly~ recommend some modest, artistic, discrete amplification on such occasions. I have certainly enjoyed it in the performance of my own works, when there was a justifiable need (e.g. a large hall). Some may clamor angrily that, "That's NOT what the composer intended!"— and that has some truth to it, of course. Still, I cannot imagine that ANY composer would write something in a score, and not intend it to be heard. That would be a nonsensical contradiction of intentions. My $0.02 worth...
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