A sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

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Are there any “etudes for the orchestra”?

Are there any "etudes for the orchestra"? Football teams don't practise just playing football all day long, but they do all kinds of "orchestrated" team exercises just like hockey players and ...
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Is there any specific reason to why are the instruments placed as they are in an orchestra?

What is the reason that instruments in an orchestra are placed the way they are placed?
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How to count big number of silence bars?

Playing in a jazz band there are often 5,6 or 8 silence bars. This is no problem as I can count it with my fingers. But how do you count bigger numbers of silence bars, e.g. 52, 112 or even more in ...
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Where and how can a conductor require execution of orchestral pieces to a string player?

In Italy, up until the '80, conductors were allowed to ask a member of the orchestra to play a passage alone during rehersal. This led to some players being fired right away and their careers being ...
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German abbreviations for instrument names in score markings (Wagner - Tannhauser)

I'd like to know to which instruments are these signatures referring. I think "Pos" is a trombone but I may be wrong. Please note these are from page 2 of Wagner's Tannhauser ouverture and, most ...
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What does one slash through a half note stem AND 4 dots above it mean? [duplicate]

In a version of "Overture to Lucio Silla" by Mozart, half of the viola part of the song has half notes with a SINGLE slash through it, but 4 dots on the base part of every not (The circular part). ...
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Orchestral strings disposition (numeration meaning)

It's going to be the first time I'll be trying to compose a piece to be played by an orchestra and I don't know much about orchestral strings numeration/disposition. I just ran into this Composers ...
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How important is harmony theory?

In what way does matter for the overall sound of the orchestra that everyone is aware of how the chord is placed, more than just knowing their own part in it? I play trombone in what I believe is ...
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Why are we worse in the second half and how might we fix that?

I play second violin in a local amateur orchestra. When we play concerts we always seem slightly worse in the second half. Why? I'm not sure if it's because we all breath a collective sigh of relief ...
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Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?

Is it possible, without any rehearsal, relying solely on sight-reading? Are there any experiments of this kind with octets, nonets, maytbe entire orchestras?
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How does Ballet music differ from an Orchestral Suite of the same name?

Now, I've loved Stravinsky's music, ever since 10th grade music appreciation class when we learned that Le Sacre Du Printemps caused a riot at its first public performance. But I discovered to my ...
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Orchestra warmup sounds

Background: I am guitar player who do not now anything about tuning other instruments and classical music traditions I really love sound of warming up (and final tuning) of an orchestra. They are ...
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Are “The Carnival of the Animals” and “Danse Macabre” the same piece?

I wonder if "The Carnival of the Animals" and "Danse Macabre" are the same piece? Why are they named differently?
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What is the difference between a “band” and an “orchestra”

Growing up, my father listened to big band music. These bands are usually referred to as "Glenn Miller and his orchestra" Or "Paul Schaeffer and the CBS Orchestra". Is it that an orchestra has ...
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Which set of books could I read to become an advanced conductor?

I would like a list of three to ten books to learn all there is to know about conducting. Please be concise, try to cover all the stages from a beginner conductor (but already an experienced adult ...
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Why are orchestras tuned differently?

In 1936 American Standards Association (and the International Organization for Standardization in 1955) accepted that A would be tuned at 440 Hz (or cycles per second). Yet despite the fact that a ...
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What does a conductor actually do?

Looking for the roles of the conductor during a musical performance, I mainly came across answers as the following, taken from Wikipedia: "The primary duties of the conductor are to unify ...
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Performance practice of Viennese Waltz

Occasionally, when I listen to an orchestra playing a Strauss waltz or something similar, I hear something interesting in the background rhythm of 'boom chik chik' in that the first 'chik' happens ...
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What are good sources for free orchestra scores?

Are there usable free sources for (symphonic) orchestra scores? I'm talking about legal sources for pieces that are now in public domain.