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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPerforming Arts · 1 decade ago

is there a reason for the standard layout of an orchestra?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Interesting question. Probably has to do with: (1) early history of the (chamber) orchestra, which did not have a conductor; leading was the first violinist and/or keyboardist--so violins were in the front; and (2) the way orchestration developed, with strings having the primary lines.

    Also see:

    Early History of the Violin (1520-1650)

  • heyner
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Layout Of An Orchestra

  • 1 decade ago

    It's really a whole lot of tradition. But to some of it there is reason. For example, the strings section would probably be sitting(traditionally) in the order, from the left to the right, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello, double bass. This is in descending order of pitch. The treble to the bass instruments. And the strings are at the front because they don't carry very well(the sound). The wind section blares and the sound easily reaches the audience. Whereas strings, although not exactly quiet, are not very good at carrying the sound over the wind section, therefore they are at the front. Then the percussion is the best of all, just a bunch of drums and mallet percussion, and they carry sound the best. A soloist is at the front for obvious reasons, and the conductor has to be seen by everyone, and everyone has to play forward, so the front is the logical place to put her/him

  • KenL
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The 1st and 2nd violins are traditionally on the left because their 'f' holes, where the sound comes out, is facing the audience. The cellos and violas have a problem being heard and some conductors have the cellos next and some have the violas next. The violas are the softest strings and may be placed closest to front of the stage with the cellos inside - their 'f' holes more forward - or the other way around.

    Source(s): 40 yrs pro
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Philosophy and human morality and reasoning serve for making a better world, and a better understanding of the world. Beyond human reasoning nothing is actually considered right or wrong. We humans have considered many things to be unmoral or inhuman as an attempt to give everyone a better quality of life. It's pretty much like we have modified our morality through out time.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes - noisy stuff(percussion, brass, )at back, quieter at front

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