Violin research

This is a post that pulls together my research on the violin; it’s capabilities and it’s range.

  • The playing range of the violin can be extended by the use of harmonics.
  • It is the highest-pitched instrument in the strings section.
  • It is very agile and responsive.
  • It provides soprano and alto lines in orchestral scoring.
  • Most multiple stops are possible (double, triple, quadruple).
  • The use of 8va instead of ledger lines in highest register preferable.
  • Open strings project better instead of stopped strings.
  • Four open strings: lowest G – D – A – E (highest)
  • Each string has a characteristic of its own and composers write passages specifically for certain strings, labelled ‘sul G’ – on the G string:
  • The G String:
    This is a dark sounding string being the lowest; very rich and full in tone.
    Range: G below middle C up to G above middle C.
  • The D String:
    This is a more focused string and calmer sounding than the G string.
    Range: D next to middle C up to D an octave higher.
  • The A String:
    This is noticeably brighter and is more expressive in tone.
    Range: A above middle C up to A an octave higher.
  • The E String:
    This is the brightest string and has a best projection, but can also play very softly too.
    Range: E above middle C up to F an octave higher.

 

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