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Philharmonic or symphonic?

Post 1


I have been going crazy over this notion I had : Philarmoncs orchestras have strings (mainly piano) and Sinphonicas do not.

It turns out I cannot find confirmation for this in any source of information, Encarta makes no mention of it, nor does the dictionary or anything at all.

I even found an article of the Colombian National Philarmonica saying that a lot of people will tell you otherwise, but that there is no difference betwen one and the other.

Please help! smiley - blush

Philharmonic or symphonic?

Post 2


Nope...no difference actually, just a name.

Any orchestra will have a piano if the scoring requires it, but this is not usual unless of course it is piano concerto being played smiley - biggrin
(tho' some contemporary Russian Symphonies call for a piano).

Chamber Orchestras tend to be smaller (so would not tackle Mahler or Berlioz)

Concert Orchestras tend to play more popular repertoire

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