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Violin

The violin is the most important instrument in the orchestra, as well as being a fabulous solo instrument. Two violins form half of a string quartet, with the addition of a viola and a cello.

The violin is an extremely expressive instrument with a brilliant tone, in the hands of a competent player.

The 4 strings from lowest to highest, are tuned at intervals one fifth apart, namely G below middle C, D above middle C, A above middle C, and the E one and a bit octaves above middle C. The range is from the G below middle C (the lowest open string), which is G3 in MIDI notation, up to E7 in MIDI notation, which is the E above the C three octaves above middle C. This is an outstandingly wide range, with a high note way above the highest in most other orchestral instruments.

The violin is generally played with a bow, in the player's right hand, with the violin tucked under the chin, and the player's left hand holds the neck, with the four fingers stopping the 4 strings to create the desired pitch for each note. By continuously gliding the bow back and forth over the string, a violinist can sustain a note as long as he wants.  Alternatively, the strings may be plucked, as with a guitar, producing a short staccato sound called "pizzicato".

The modern orchestra typically uses about 32 violins (some as firsts, some as seconds), which is far more than any other instrument. The sound of massed violins playing in precise synchrony is incredibly beautiful, and quite different from the sound of a single solo violin. The MIDI system tries to achieve the effect of a mass of violins (perhaps with violas and cellos)  by using the Strings sound.

 


Music featuring the Violin. Audio is available for 396 tunes for this instrument.
  
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No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 AdagioShort PieceAlbinoni
2 Air on the G String, from Suite No.3 in DSuiteBach
3 All Through the NightFolk SongVarious
4 Angels from the Realms of GlorySacredVarious
5 Barbara AllenFolk SongVarious
6 Blow the Man DownFolk SongVarious
7 Botany BayFolk SongVarious
8 Canon in D major for three Violins and Continuo Chamber MusicPachelbel
9 Canon on Ravenscroft's PsalterSacredTallis
10 Chanson de MatinShort PieceElgar
11 Charlie is my DarlingFolk SongVarious
12 Click go the ShearsFolk SongHill
13 Concerto Grosso in G minor Op 6 No.8ConcertoCorelli
14 Concerto in A minor for violin and cello Op 102ConcertoBrahms
15 DaisySongVarious
16 Divertimento in Bb KV240Chamber MusicMozart
17 Divertimento in Bb K 137Chamber MusicMozart
18 Divertimento in D K136Chamber MusicMozart
19 Divertimento in Eb K252 (piano trio)Chamber MusicMozart
20 Divertimento in F K138Chamber MusicMozart
21 Double Concerto for two violins and orchestra BWV 1043ConcertoBach
22 Dumky Trio Movements 1 and 2.Chamber MusicDvořák
23 Fairest Isle from King ArthurSongPurcell
24 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisTone PoemVaughan-Williams
25 Flute Quartet in D K285Chamber MusicMozart
26 Gigue from Overture for 2 Chalumeaux, 2 violettas and BassoChamber MusicTelemann
27 Hey Diddle DiddleNursery RhymesVarious
28 Home on the RangeSongVarious
29 Il était une BergèreFolk SongVarious
30 Introduction et AllegroChamber MusicRavel
31 It Came Upon a Midnight ClearSacredVarious
32 Jeux d'Enfants - Suite for Orchestra, Op 22SuiteBizet
33 Jewel Song from FaustOperaGounod
34 Keel RowFolk SongVarious
35 LiebesfreudChamber MusicKreisler
36 LiebesliedChamber MusicKreisler
37 Lullaby. (Cradle Song,Wiegenlied)SongBrahms
38 Mary Mary Quite Contrary, How does your Garden Grow?Nursery RhymesVarious
39 Meditation from ThaisShort PieceMassenet
40 Memory from 'Cats'.Popular SongsLloyd-Webber
41 Minuet from Divertimento K334Chamber MusicMozart
42 Music for the Royal FireworksSuiteHandel
43 O Little Town of BethlehemSacredVarious
44 Oak and the AshFolk SongVarious
45 Oboe Quartet in F K 370Chamber MusicMozart
46 Piano Quartet in G minor K478Chamber MusicMozart
47 Piano Quintet in A D667 'Trout'Chamber MusicSchubert
48 Piano Trio in Bb Op 99 for piano violin and celloChamber MusicSchubert
49 Piano Trio in Bb K502Chamber MusicMozart
50 Piano Trio in C K548Chamber MusicMozart
51 Piano Trio in DChamber MusicGomersall
52 Piano Trio in E K542Chamber MusicMozart
53 Piano Trio in Eb Op 100 No.2Chamber MusicSchubert
54 Piano Trio in F Hob XVChamber MusicHaydn
55 Piano Trio in G K496Chamber MusicMozart
56 Piano Trio in G K564Chamber MusicMozart
57 Piano Trio No.1 in B major Opus 8Chamber MusicBrahms
58 Piano Trio No.2 in C major Op 87Chamber MusicBrahms
59 Piano Trio No.7 in Bb ArchdukeChamber MusicBeethoven
60 Polly OliverFolk SongVarious
61 Poor Old JoeFolk SongFoster
62 Romance for violin and orchestra, Op 11Short PieceDvořák
63 Rondeau in D minorShort PiecePurcell
64 Rondo for Violin and Piano in G major, WoO 41Short PieceBeethoven
65 Salut d'Amour Op 12Short PieceElgar
66 Schon RosmarinChamber MusicKreisler
67 Serenade in G K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - arr. for violin and pianoChamber MusicMozart
68 Serenade in G K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - string quartetChamber MusicMozart
69 Silent NightSacredVarious
70 Sinfonia Concertante for violin and violaConcertoMozart
71 Slumber Song (Schlummerlied) No.16 from Album Leaves Op 124Chamber MusicSchumann
72 Sonata for 2 violins and keyboardSonataMarini
73 Sonatina in A minor Op 137 No.2SonataSchubert
74 Sonatina in D Op 137 No.1SonataSchubert
75 Sonatina in G minor Op 137 No.3SonataSchubert
76 Song of India from SadkoShort PieceRimsky-Korsakov
77 South WindFolk SongVarious
78 St. Valentine's DayShort PieceVarious
79 String Quartet in C Op59 No.3 "Rasoumowsky"Chamber MusicBeethoven
80 String Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden'Chamber MusicSchubert
81 String Quartet in Eb Op 127Chamber MusicBeethoven
82 String Quartet in F major Op 18 No.1Chamber MusicBeethoven
83 String Quartet in F, Op 96 "The American".Chamber MusicDvořák
84 String Quartet in G major Op 18 No.2Chamber MusicBeethoven
85 String Quartet No. 3 in G K156Chamber MusicMozart
86 String Quartet No.1 in D Major Op.11Chamber MusicTchaikovsky
87 String Quartet No.13 in A minor Op 29 'Rosamunde'Chamber MusicSchubert
88 String Quartet No.14 in G major, K387Chamber MusicMozart
89 String Quartet No.15 in D minor K421Chamber MusicMozart
90 String Quartet No.16 in Eb K428Chamber MusicMozart
91 String Quartet No.17 in Bb K 458 "The Hunt"Chamber MusicMozart
92 String Quartet No.18 in A K464Chamber MusicMozart
93 String Quartet No.19 in C K465 "Dissonant"Chamber MusicMozart
94 String Quartet No.2 in AChamber MusicBorodin
95 String Quartet No.20 in D major K499 'Hoffmeister'.Chamber MusicMozart
96 String Quartet No.21 in D major K575Chamber MusicMozart
97 String Quartet No.22 in Bb major K589Chamber MusicMozart
98 String Quartet No.23 in F major K590Chamber MusicMozart
99 String Quartet No.8 in E minor Op 59 No 2 "Rasoumovsky"Chamber MusicBeethoven
100 String Quartet Op 1 No.1 "La Chasse" - 'The Hunt' - JagquartettChamber MusicHaydn
101 String Quartet Op 1 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
102 String Quartet Op 1 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
103 String Quartet Op 1 No.4Chamber MusicHaydn
104 String Quartet Op 1 No.5Chamber MusicHaydn
105 String Quartet Op 1 No.6Chamber MusicHaydn
106 String Quartet Op 2 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
107 String Quartet Op 2 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
108 String Quartet Op 3 No.5 "Serenade"Chamber MusicHaydn
109 String Quartet Op 9 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
110 String Quartet Op 9 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
111 String Quartet Op 9 No.4Chamber MusicHaydn
112 String Quartet Op 20 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
113 String Quartet Op 20 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
114 String Quartet Op 20 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
115 String Quartet Op 54 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
116 String Quartet Op 54 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
117 String Quartet Op 54 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
118 String Quartet Op 64 No.5 "The Lark"Chamber MusicHaydn
119 String Quartet Op 76 No.2 "Fifths"Chamber MusicHaydn
120 String Quartet Op 76 No.3 EmperorChamber MusicHaydn
121 String Quintet in C D956 Op 163Chamber MusicSchubert
122 String Quintet in E Op 13 No.5Chamber MusicBoccherini
123 Symphony No.6 in F, Op 68 (Pastoral)SymphonyBeethoven
124 The Dashing White SergeantFolk SongVarious
125 The Four SeasonsConcertoVivaldi
126 The Girl I left Behind Me.Folk SongVarious
127 The Lark AscendingTone PoemVaughan-Williams
128 The Old Woman and the PedlarChamber MusicGomersall
129 Violin Concerto in A minor BMV 1041ConcertoBach
130 Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61ConcertoElgar
131 Violin Concerto in DConcertoBeethoven
132 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47ConcertoSibelius
133 Violin Concerto in D Op 35ConcertoTchaikovsky
134 Violin Concerto in D Op 77ConcertoBrahms
135 Violin Concerto in E minorConcertoMendelssohn
136 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minorConcertoBruch
137 Violin Concerto No.3 in G K216ConcertoMozart
138 Violin Concerto No.4 in D K218ConcertoMozart
139 Violin Concerto No.5 in A "Turkish" K219ConcertoMozart
140 Violin Romance No.1 in G major Op 40Short PieceBeethoven
141 Violin Romance No.2 in F Op 50ConcertoBeethoven
142 Violin Sonata in D, K29SonataMozart
143 Violin Sonata No.2 in A major Op 12 No.2SonataBeethoven
144 Violin Sonata No.5 in F Op 24 "Spring"SonataBeethoven
145 Violin Sonata No.8 in G Op 30 no 3SonataBeethoven
146 Violin Sonata No.9 in A "Kreutzer", Op 47SonataBeethoven
147 Wild Colonial BoyFolk SongVarious
148 Wraggle Taggle Gypsies OhFolk SongVarious
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