Re: [Harp-L] Symphonies & Harmonica

From: Marc Molino <mmolino54@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Harp L Harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:19 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] Symphonies & Harmonica

I'm curious--I've seen a few examples of harmonica used as a solo instrument backed by a symphony (I think Boris just posted a recent example), but are there any symphonies that employ more than one harmonica player at a time as a regular part of the musical ensemble (I guess it would be something like a harmonica "section" or part of a "reeds" section)? If so, is this simply because the harmonica is not a traditional symphonic instrument? Would it be drowned out without amplification of some sort? I know very little about symphonies and classical music ensembles, so I'm sure many of these questions are over simplified or just ignorant, but I was curious about the historical, social, or harmonic reasons why the harmonica is usually only featured solo with symphonies.

-Marc Molino

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