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Interesting only because I've never seen this during a performance - neither as a orchestra member or an audience member. If it's common in your locale, it may simply be that the winds are pretty much soloists all the time, while the string sections operate as large groups; further, while the, say, oboists may have 30 measures' rest during which they can ...


Numbers? Most wind instrument players have to play solo parts, or in soloist settings. Most string instrument players don't. String instrument blocks are hierarchical, with those who are assigned solo parts also being in a better paid position and in the front row. So applause from people in the lower paid ranks would not be visible to the front row ...

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