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Las orquestas de los coliseos madrileños Príncipe y Cruz durante la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII

The Orchestras of the Príncipe and Cruz Coliseums in Madrid during the Second Half of the 18th Century

There were no stable orchestras in Madrid’s public theatres during the first half of the Eighteenth Century, and a variable number of instrumentalists were used on each occasion. This paper discusses the development of the two town-owned theatres in the second half of the century, when the orchestra was considered an important element and a new way of hiring musicians developed, based on sources k…