The Second Violins form the inner, supporting part of
the orchestra. They are often used by composers to provide harmony or echo First
Violin phrases in the form of a canon.
When cast in the supporting role, the Violin can
provide gentle, sensitive accompaniment acting opposite virtually any instrument.
Beethoven's 'Spring' Violin Sonata provides a brilliant example of the versatility of the
instrument, with the Violin and Piano taking turns in the leading and supporting
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