I just finished this orchestration for a Ohio Northern University's upcoming concert. As far as I can tell, it has only been published as a Bassoon Solo with Keyboard accompaniemnt. So, it was cool when they asked me to arrange it for String Orchestra and Continuo.
For your first go at it with the ensemble building you did an extraordinaryjob. Excellent orchestration. This is going to sound fanatastic live. Being able to do mock-ups for live orchestras is one of the reasons GPO was developed. I hope you record the live version. When will the concert be?
Very good enseamble building!
I'm still trying to figure out how to do it right myself and am still in the experimental phase. I'm a bassoon player, so it was interesting hearing a GPO bassoon concerto and playing the bassoon myself. (I'm a beginner, so I'm nowhere near as good as a virtual bassoonist!) Some of the rapidly repeated notes got the machine gun, but that was quite rare and I just barely noticed it. Maybe you can try tweaking the mod wheel and velocity levels for each of the different notes making each one different? Or (this could ruin it) switch rapidly from basson plr1 to plr2 to plr3?
Just guesses on what I would try, 'cause I've never tried anything like that before. But if all else fails, don't worry, it wasn't screaming machine gun like a fff timpani roll or somehting.
Other than that, I must say--the strings were VERY good! Right now I'm experimenting with enseamble and solo strings layered (I like large strings sections) and I haven't gotten very far (I just started experimenting this morning!