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Decentlady

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I feel some instruments get overpowered by others and don't get enough volume unless played solo.

Flute for example gets lost in an orchestra. What do you think of such instruments importance in a large orchestra?
 

remnant

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This is quite true and results in a mish mash of sounds appearing to come from the background. The best way to correct this employed by players is allocating portions of time when the voice singers pause and the other instruments lower their crescendo. Otherwise, these instruments should be high pitched.
 

biege

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Ever since flute got obsolete in most stage performances I've switched to harmonica. For me, harmonica sounded profound and lively than flute and it may fit well in orchestra if given a chance.
 

Decentlady

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This is quite true and results in a mish mash of sounds appearing to come from the background. The best way to correct this employed by players is allocating portions of time when the voice singers pause and the other instruments lower their crescendo. Otherwise, these instruments should be high pitched.

Very well put. Indeed, for every instrument to get justice done in an orchestra may be very difficult but pausing and giving highlight to one single instrument may help.
 

Corzhens

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That audibility issue is handled by the mixer of the music in the recording. But when it is live like in a marching band, I have to agree that the volume of the instruments should be given notice. Maybe that is the reason why marching bands have a set of players. For the drums, maybe 4 to 8 drummers. For the wind like trumpet or bugle, can be more. And for the xylophones, they have to be more so they can compete with the volume of the bugle and the drums.
 

SirenOnFire

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You can actually hear this even in a simple band. Pianos are usually overpowered by the drums and guitars.
 

sweetpot81

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I think flute makes a perfect rhythmic mix with other instruments. It gives a powerful outcome to orchestra when played together. It's just that because of the loudness of the other instruments we're not able to determine or identify which one is which but all of those instruments regardless how big or small, loud or soft they have a vital role that makes orchestra amazing.