Composition of an Orchestra

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Explore the various sounds of an orchestra!

Discover the instruments of the orchestra in the Billings Symphony's virtual school concert.

Highlights from our season are interspersed with up-close instrument demos by Symphony musicians, helping your ear better understand just what makes an orchestra sound like, well, an orchestra!

Instruments introduced

Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Cello, Bass, Bassoon, Timpani, and Percussion

Orchestra excerpts

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, I. Poco sostenuto—Vivace
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Final (Tema Russo): Andante—Allegro con spirito
George Frideric Handel/arr. Kubis Joy to the World
Leroy Anderson/arr. Lewis Sleigh Ride
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Shepherd King Overture
Antonio Vivaldi Spring (1st movement) from The Four Seasons; Carrie Krause, violin
Johann Sebastian Bach Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor; Tyler Menzales, flute
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

This video was made possible by a grant from the Tippet Rise Fund.