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High pitch "voices" (or, better, voices with higher harmonics that are more predominant) are normally more "interesting" to the average listener. It's more or less the same thing as "fast is more than slow". A fast driver usually gets more attention than a cautious driver, no matter which one is "best". We're normally ...


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Almost everyone who plays viola started out on the violin, for the obvious reason that the violin is smaller and easier for a child. Not every violinist can play the viola, but every violist can play the violin. One could also ask: why are there so many well-known solo vocal works for soprano, and not so many for alto? Even though there are many well-known ...


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The reason is that composers also knew about dress makers, and how similar they were in temperament to violists. . . The difference being that dress makers always tuck up their frills! All jokes aside, you're losing a lot of agility and expressiveness in exchange for just a few deeper notes at the bottom end. It's nice to fill in an orchestra, but what ...


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Various reasons. The viola is acoustically less well-designed than the violin. It sounds a fifth below the violin and has the same proportions, so it would have to be 50% larger; but because you couldn't easily handle such an instrument on your shoulder, it is in fact only 15-20% larger, and the rest of the difference must be made up by heavier strings, ...


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