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The orchestral world's... Lesson 2

Read and learn more about the orchestral  25 ' 

An orchestra is a large group of musician who play together differents styles of songs: opera, zarzuela... It is made up of four sections or families called: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The term orchestra comes from the Greek name for a semicircular space in front of the stage reserved for dancing.

Where we can see play?

The orchestra should play in concert halls. When an orchestra plays in a large concert hall, the players are seated in a semicircle facing the conductor, with the strings in front therefore, the string family is the closest to the conductor. The woodwind family sits behind the strings and behind them, the brass. The louder instruments, brass and percussion, sit towards the back of the orchestra. The percussion is normally found right at the edge of the semicircle.

Who is the leader?

The conductor is the person who leads the group and helps the musicians make sure they are playing in time and with the good intensity. Thanks to the baton, a small stick, the musicians play on time. Commonly they wave their arms and hands to show the player when to play loudly or quietly.


There are differents types of orchestra... really?

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A) Activity 1 (5´) Complete the sentences of the orchestra in the text below using the key words. If you have problems, copy this url: 


B) Watch a video (11':29'')

C) Classificate the instruments (video 7':00 - 11') 10'

 Game for learning. Do you know how we have to classify the instruments? Click here and play.  (10') If you have problems, copy this url: 

Competition Flash activity 1 about sounds from instruments.     (7') If you have problems, copy this url: 

Competition Flash Activity 2 about classify of instruments.        (7') If you have problems, copy this url: 


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