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Road to Symphonia - The Strings

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Glass Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
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What is the first thing you notice when watching the musicians in a classical symphonic orchestra playing at a concert? Surely it is the fact that most of them are holding stringed instruments of various sizes in their hands. As for why this is so, what purpose it serves and how it works, you will get the answers at this instalment of the Road to Symphonia series focusing on strings. While it all started with a drawn archery bow, as we'll find out, this time it's the musicians who are sure to be pulling the strings.

Let's start with the definition: strings are stringed instruments that musicians play by rubbing them with a bow. In their present form, developed over the centuries, the strings are the most populous family of instruments in a classical symphonic orchestra. The bow strung with horsehair causes the stretched strings to vibrate, and the hollow body of the instrument amplifies the weak sound this makes. If we take a closer look at the string players, it immediately becomes clear that we really do need to get to know the members of this extensive family who support each other, but sometimes argue. The violin is the smallest member of the family, and as such has the highest pitch. Larger than the violin, the viola produces a sound that is warmer and richer than its little sibling's. We find thicker strings on the cello than we do on the two previous instruments: it has a sound that is often compared to the human voice. The mightiest member of the string family is the double bass, which stands out not only in terms of its size, but also with its ability to produce the deepest notes. This Road to Symphonia event offers an opportunity to explore these family relationships with the expert assistance of the musicians of Solus Cordis.

Age: 8-14 year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • violin
    Zsuzsa Berényi, Kálmán Dráfi Jr.
  • viola
    Enikő Nagy
  • cello
    Antal Lévai
  • double bass
    Gábor Fánczi
  • presenter
    Zsolt Körmendy

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