I am going to have the RSSCO perform and record one of my works. I need help on deciding the right amount of players to perform the piece. It is a small ensemble work called "Canopy". The RSSCO can get any amount of players I need. The work is for: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Trumpet, 1st Violin (only), Viola, Cello, and Bass. Based on the standard symphony setup and the number of players sampled on the software I use; this is what I have so far: 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 1 Trumpet, 4 Violins, 4 Violas (they act as the 2nd Violins), 2 Cello, 1 Bass.
Does this arrangement sound balanced?
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.