Mendelssohn 5th Symphony experiences?

September 8, 2017, 6:52 AM · Do people here have experience with this symphony? Would it be doable by a casual community orchestra?

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September 8, 2017, 7:14 AM · You need a good wind section to be sure! Especially the last movement, based on Bach's "A Mighty Fortress is our God", is demanding.
September 8, 2017, 7:16 AM · I'm actually playing the first violin part for this with a community orchestra at the moment. It isn't that difficult, most of the technical spots are in the 1st and last movement.
Edited: September 8, 2017, 7:19 AM · Its not too hard for decent strings but playing it nicely demands a bit more on the wind section. Overall it should be possible.
Edit: wow, two answers while I type
September 8, 2017, 7:55 AM · My public high school orchestra did this, and I don't remember it being all that difficult (I was the concertmaster). We were a string orchestra + band, and so we rehearsed separately until just two rehearsals prior to the concert, I think. The winds/brass/percussion kind of wandered in casually and had no issues that I can recall, oddly enough.
September 8, 2017, 3:21 PM · I played it in a community orchestra about 10 years ago (on viola, I think, or 2nd violin - can't remember). Playable, but not without a few challenges.
September 8, 2017, 5:42 PM · Need good trumpets for a start!
September 8, 2017, 8:21 PM · Our conductor takes it at a pretty fast tempo, so it is somewhat difficult for us. But our conductor usually likes taking things faster.


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