In Reply to: RE: Alpenhorn posted by amioutaline? on July 26, 2012 at 04:49:29:
. . . the "Piu Andante" (Letter "B", measure 30) starts with that horn theme you mention, followed by the little contrapuntal section, and then the trombone section you were talking about (which returns as a kind of apotheosis near the end of the symphony) is Letter "C", measure 47 - BTW, that's an interesting part in itself. We studied it in an orchestration class I took when I was a student. The scoring is for trombones and bassoons, but the listener usually doesn't hear the bassoons here as a separate tone color - he hears only the trombones. Brahms knew this, and thereby economized on his orchestration (saving himself from having to include a fourth trombone just to keep the tone color there while still being able to fill out the harmony).
I liked your anecdote BTW - the thrill of playing with the big dogs!
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