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  • n. Plural form of violin.
  • n. The violin section of an orchestra


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  • In a recently released study aimed at demystifying the Stradivari violin, researchers in France and Germany subjected five of his violins from a museum collection to a series of spectroscopic and microscopic tests.

    Boing Boing

  • The orchestra did sterling work all evening, most notably in the beauty the violins were able to sustain in the febrile writing at the upper end of their range, and in the huge, burnished sound the lower brass unleashed in their solos.

    In performance: Mahler 7 at the BSO

  • But the melody called to him, louder now and more insistent, and mingled with the throb of the violins was the sound of voices and laughter.

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • One of his violins was the favorite instrument of the French virtuoso Delphine Jean Alard (1815-1888), long violin professor at the Paris Conservatoire.

    For Every Music Lover A Series of Practical Essays on Music

  • Federici wrote two oratorios, "Santa Cristina," and "Santa Caterina de Sienna," in both of which "interstitial" accompaniment is used for the first time; that is, the violins, instead of accompanying the voice, repeat portions of the melody in short symphonies.

    The Standard Oratorios Their Stories, Their Music, And Their Composers

  • The party found its seats during several beautiful lime-light effects, and that remarkable fly-buzzing of violins which is pronounced so helpful in times of peril and sentiment.

    Lin McLean

  • Page 172 soon manufactured their own, such as violins, guitars and banjoes, and which answered our purposes quite as well as if they had been imported at fabulous prices.

    John M. Copley. A Sketch of the Battle of Franklin, Tenn. ...

  • This fact convinced me many years ago that spiders are attracted by the sound of musical instruments, such as violins, concertinas, guitars, &c., simply because the sound produces the same effect on them as the shrill buzzing of a captive fly.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Animal glue made from boiling animal connective tissue and bones is apparently the best adhesive for fixing musical instruments made from wood such as violins and pianos.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • By default the Canvas includes 1,125 sounds, such as violins and shakuhachis.

    MacNN | The Macintosh News Network


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