The string section is the basis of the orchestra and the one consistent component of orchestras down the ages. The range of expression available and the great stamina of strings makes them a powerful tool.
The typical orchestra has 16 First Violins, 14 Second Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos and 8 Double Basses, but of course numbers vary depending on the requirements of a particular piece or venue or conductor. The Principal of the First Violin section is also the Leader of the orchestra.
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