Can you tell me what is meant by the word "desk" in the first part, strings? It looks like they are talking about something different than a music stand.
Here I thought it was the name given to describe each division.The players are then divided by desks, numbers 1, 3, 5 etc. playing the upper part, and 2, 4, 6 etc., the lower; or else the musician on the right-hand of each desk plays the top line, the one on the left the bottom line.
but when I later read this part, i was unsure.
Hope it's not a dumb question, i tried to look it up with an online music dictionary, but the link on google didn't work.Besides this, an extra desk of first violins is usual in all orchestras, and as a general rule they possess a more powerful tone than second violins.