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The orchestral instruments: The violins

Meet some of the orchestra's violinists, and listen to how it sounds when all 29 players play at one and the same time!

They are not the biggest, but the most. Many times there are 30 violins playing together in the symphony orchestra. The violin often plays the melodies, but also rhythms and sounds. The instrument has four strings and the musician uses a bow to create the sound. The threads on the bow is actually horsehair. 

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Dmitry Shostakovich from Three Pieces for two violins and piano, arr Konstantin Fortunatov
  • Louis Spohr from Duo concertante in D major for two violins
  • Carl Nielsen from Symphony No. 6 “Sinfonia semplice”
  • Participants

  • The violin section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 5 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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