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Old 03-24-2020, 01:53 AM
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As a former violist I can attest to the fact that you often don't hear the viola section. But if you heard the same piece without them, their absence would make a big difference.

I don't like the way that particular orchestra is laid out, 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas and cellos. I prefer 1st violins, 2nd violins, cellos, violas. I think it has better balance. Some orchestras even have the 2nd violins on the right, which is also good.