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    What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=1,1,3

    Is that typical? I always thought violas were in the middle and cellos/basses were on the right. Also, I didn't know the horrns and other brass were way in the corner like that. Hmm.
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    Re: What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    AFAIK this is a fairly standard alternate setup (and I think, older than the one that is more often used today.) Of course, you can set up however you dang well please; but the violins left/basses cellos right and 1st violins left/ 2nd violins right seem to be the most preferred. In the LOTR Symphony disk incoluded with Return of The King Howard Hore used a really interesting layout. He had to to cram all that stuff on the stage! It was essentially this same setup though.

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    Re: What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    Also, a very popular setup is to have first and seconds (violins) on opposite sides of the conductor... left/right. Adds a slightly different sound quality between the two sections for one- sound direction issues.
    Jason DeWater aka Lickety-Split
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    Re: What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    Hello,
    Check this, some different seating plans:
    http://www.mti.dmu.ac.uk/~ahugill/manual/seating.html

    What's great about VSL, is that you can put sections on stage anywhere you like.

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    Re: What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    Quote Originally Posted by MDesigner
    http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=1,1,3

    Is that typical? I always thought violas were in the middle and cellos/basses were on the right. Also, I didn't know the horrns and other brass were way in the corner like that. Hmm.
    Yes, I've never come across that layout before. Don't know how the trumpets and trombones feel about being directly behind the French horns but I suppose they can get their own back!

    The left/right split for 1st/2nd violins is quite common though as Lickety-Split says (and I think - open to correction - is a layout Beethoven wrote for).

    Mark

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    Re: What's with this orchestra stage layout?

    You can seat an orchestra however you want.

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