The symphony is a musical form that has been around for centuries, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
The symphony orchestra consists of an array of instruments with many different purposes. Some are used to produce the melody, while others provide accompaniment or support.
In our newest music blog, we’ll explore these instruments in more detail so you can get a better understanding of what they do and how they work together to create beautiful music!
Knowing how these instruments work together can help you appreciate the symphony in a whole new light, so keep reading to learn more!
The bassoon is perfect for playing low notes and requires skillful use of air. It’s used mostly as an accompaniment instrument or when there needs to be a deep tone from lower ranges.
French horns are played with both hands on individual valves that control the flow of air into different lengths of tubing. They produce some very high notes and provide support for those higher melodies produced by other instruments like violins.
For example, people often think about Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony when they hear french horn music because it was famously featured in the piece.
The trombone is a very old instrument that features in many different musical genres across time and around the world, including jazz, blues, classical music, show tunes, country westerns, you name it!
Trombones are played with one hand on the slide to change pitches and sound effects while using the other for changing how much air goes into each note.
For example people often think about John Williams’ score from Star Wars when they hear trombone music because it was so prominently featured throughout all six films of that franchise.
If there needs to be an accompaniment playing melody notes at any point in a symphony or performance, then this is typically done on the piano.
The pianist will often play a melody that is written out in musical notation for them by another composer or arranger, but they also have many of their own techniques and styles when it comes to accompanying such as playing chords with one hand while using the other to produce melodies like scales or arpeggios.
Violas are instruments mostly used for supporting low notes in any given piece, either alongside violins (to fill those higher ranges) or bassoons (for lower ones).
They come in all shapes and sizes depending on what range of pitches they need to cover.
For example if you listen closely during Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony then you can hear how viola notes are constantly being played to support the melody.
Violinists play melodies with one hand on a bow while they use their other hand to press down on individual strings that create different pitches of notes. For instance in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, violins will produce higher notes by pressing down more gently and lower ones when pressing harder.
For example people often think about The Beatles song “Yesterday” when they hear violin music because it was so prominently featured throughout that band’s history as well as many others who have covered it since its release date in 1965.
Clarinet players typically provide accompaniment during symphonies using techniques like playing scales or arpeggios.
For example, one of the most famous pieces of music in all history is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; it’s often referred to as ‘The Choral’ because it begins with a choir singing before transitioning into orchestra accompaniment and finally ending on an instrumental coda at the end.
Trumpets are used for playing melodies that need to be very loud or require lots of power (such as when announcing something).
They produce notes by inserting their fingers near the mouthpiece opening and then pressing down on its valves like french horns do, but they also use those same valves to change pitches instead of using their hands like violins do.
The introduction of each instrument has been brief so you can go into more detail in the paragraphs below. We hope this article was helpful and we encourage our readers to check out other blog posts on Orchestra instruments!