View Poll Results: What's your favourite string instrument?

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  • Violin

    12 20.34%
  • Viola

    10 16.95%
  • Cello

    33 55.93%
  • Contrabass

    4 6.78%
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    Default What's your favourite string instrument?

    The variety of moods and colours of string instruments is striking, no matter if played in groups or solo.
    If you have time, write something about your choice.

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    Tough one. I like them all within context really. String quartets are possibly my favourite medium with regards to classical music... but I'll go with cello just for the sake of it. Always liked the cello. Such a nice, dark, warm sound.

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    I think cello sometimes, but then I listen to Lark Ascending and have to choose violin. It's less rough and ready and much more soulful, that is why the violin is held just above the heart! lol!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Cello for me, simply on account of the incredibly expressive sound the a cello section can achieve when leading the melody in a Romantic work.

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    On their own I don't like any of them. They are completely transformed when combined with other types of instrument or with others of the same type.

    Keeping broadly within the spirit of the question, I like the combination of 2 violins, 1 viola, 2 cellos. This is the combination used in Schubert's C Major String Quintet, D 956, which I have decided, after a lot of debate with myself, is my favourite piece of chamber music. This work was completed about a month before Schubert's death in November 1828, and amazingly not premiered until 1850. The adagio is unbeatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar
    I think cello sometimes, but then I listen to Lark Ascending and have to choose violin.
    Couldn't have put it better myself.
    "Look here, I have given up my time, my work, my friends and my career to come here and learn from you, and I am not going to write a petit menuet dans le style de Mozart." - Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maurice Ravel

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    Cello - Bach's unaccompanied sonatas are my favorite.
    I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

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    The warmth and un-virtuoso of the viola has always appealed to me. The viola sonatas of Brahms and 'Märchenbilder' (a four part piece) by Schumann are among my favorite chamber works that include strings (but they are rather few).

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    I'm both deeply disturbed and disappointed that the most important string instrument in all of musical, nay, human history has been omitted from this poll!

    I vote hurdy-gurdy!

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    Mine's the crossbow.

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    The electric guitar is more expressive than any of those listed, but of the list I choose cello. There's always room for cello.

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    The harp, of course.

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    The harp is beautiful, so is the guitar and the lute...I love plucked string instruments very much.

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    Of the four listed I would say the viola. It has the brilliant virtuosic capabilities of the violin but just not as high, and even though virtuosic music is possible, I enjoy the humble and not so virtuosic beauty of much of its repertoire. I also think that because of its range it has a larger array of colours available from the sounds of each different string. It's not deep and low like the cello or double bass, it has a unique register that can blend with every part of the orchestra and is also one of the most expressive solo instruments I've come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    There's always room for cello.
    Or as COAG might say, for Che-E-L-L-O.

    I hope young people get this. I'd hate to be showing my age.

    After all, "Pepsi Cola hits the spot! Twelve full ounces - that's a lot!"
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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