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Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer, 2nd Edition by Richard DeRosa, Andrea Pejrolo

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3 Writing and Sequencing for the String Orchestra

 

 

 

3.1 Introduction: General Characteristics

The full string orchestra is comprised of five sections. They are the first violin, second violin, viola, cello, and bass sections. The size of each section can vary, depending on the size of the orchestra. Economic considerations may ultimately determine how many string players can be hired. Whatever the size, there is usually a standard ratio that offers the best balance within the string orchestra. There are more first violins than second violins and the numbers in each remaining section continue to decrease. This is because the violin (being smaller and having shorter strings) is not always as loud as the larger string instruments and the ...

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