You may be right! The ceterone is folksy cittern-like in sound, yet dark in the register. If one considers the other instrumentation ideas, and that the score is actually a conscious description of how the muscial drama was colored according to the scenes, I would find that plausible.


Am 05.02.2018 um 01:42 schrieb howard posner:

On Feb 3, 2018, at 7:20 PM, Tristan von Neumann <tristanvonneum...@gmx.de> 
wrote:

Since the colors of the Underworld are very different, I would rule out the "et 
cetera".

I think this is actually the second-best reason for ruling out the ceteroni.  
If their purpose is to sound underworldly, they would play in the same 
ritornello at the end of Act II, when Orpheus is going into Hades, rather than 
when he has returned from it.

Of course, Monty may have thought they contributed a “fresh light of day” sound.




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