What’s the Difference: Orchestra, Symphony, and Philharmonic?
The Dilemma: So are the musicians where you’ve been dragged part of an orchestra, a symphony, or a philharmonic?
And more important, is it intermission yet?
People You Can Impress: guys named Ludwig, Wolfgang, or Dmitri
The Quick Trick: All symphonies are orchestras, but only the big orchestras are symphonies.
Full orchestra: strings, winds, brass, harp, percussion — this group fills the stage.
Chamber Orchestra: strings, winds, sometimes brass, occasional harp, maybe percussion
Chamber Ensemble: One per instrument from 6 – 11
Quintet: 5 musicians – brass, woodwinds, strings with piano, mixed ensemble
Quartet: this shows a standard string quartet. Can be 4 winds, 4 brass, 4 percussion, or a mix.
Wind Trio: flute/basoon/oboe (shown) or oboe, clarinet, bassoon
or any mix of instruments — adds up to THREE (3) – hence a Trio
AND, what about a band, concert band and wind ensemble?
Concert Band: all winds (woodwinds/brass), string bass, percussion
Concert Band: all winds (woodwinds/brass), string bass, percussion, sometimes a harp
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