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@Walter If you want to divide the 1st violin section in two groups of 16 and 8 violin players then you have indirectly said that it is a prerequisite for this piecec to be played that the orchestra has 24 violin players in the 1st violin group. That is a lot. Well, if that is what you want then it is what you want, but it means that your music can only be ...


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In your comment you said this was for the entire piece. Just write a note on the first page saying "Violin 1 should have twice as many players as Violin 2". There is no need to say "approximately twice as many". If a small orchestra has 10 violinists they will figure out whether the piece works best for them if they split 6:4 or 7:3. Actually it's an ...


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As Kilan points out, absolute numbers are not used for good reason - no ensemble will exactly match the requirements. I see two possible solutions, since what you attempt is a sort of dynamic balancing: You divide into three groups and give two of them the identical first voice. You keep the two groups and adjust the dynamic specifications, so the second is ...


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