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    what instrument does V-le stand for?

    Is it a viola?

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    Re: what instrument does V-le stand for?

    I don't think that "V-le" is a standard musical abbreviation ... where is it written? in what context is it used?

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    Re: what instrument does V-le stand for?

    It's an abbreviation for "Viole," Italian for violas (plural).
    Dan Powers
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    Re: what instrument does V-le stand for?

    @Peter It was written in the first musical example of Lesson 1: The General Review- Strings and Woodwinds for the RK Principles of Orchestration study course.

    @Dan Thanks a lot. That makes sense.


    @everyone Be patient with me. I'm going to have a lot of beginner questions.

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    Re: what instrument does V-le stand for?

    Abbreviating "Viole" to "V-le" doesn't seem worth the effort to me ... but I imagine it originated centuries ago when only the full name "viola da gamba" would have been used and not just "viola" as we say now.

    I guess I must have seen "V-le" written before ... but only down the very narrow margin in [printed] scores where space is at a real premium!

    It's been a long time since I looked at a full orchestral score!

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    Re: what instrument does V-le stand for?

    @Peter Jeffrey Gale, V-le is used in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. It does stand for viola

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