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Everyman's guide to the orchestra - episode no. 1: the violin

David K. Israel

In one of my early On Music posts, we explored the string section of the orchestra by listening to an excerpt from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Today, I thought we'd start to take a more in-depth look at a few of the important instruments of the orchestra, starting with the string section and the violin.

Rather than put up a dozen different soundbites to show off the many sounds of the violin, I enlisted my friend Sam, a freelance violinist and teacher here in Los Angeles, to do the dirty work for me. So sit back and enjoy the first On Music vlog posting. [note: this is a 2-part episode. In part 1, Sam shows off the violin. In part 2, Sam plays the Fugue movement of Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor. If you only want to watch part 2, click the forward arrow at the bottom of the player.]