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The above picture demonstrates the standard seating arrangement of the modern symphony orchestra. This arrangement has been in use since the early 20th century. However, different orchestras may use slight variations on the above plan. Another seating arrangement, used in the 19th century but coming back into fashion with today's orchestras, has the First Violins (1) seated on the left, the Second Violins (2) on the right, Violas (3) and Cellos (4) in the middle, and winds, brass, and percussion in the same positions.
NOTE: All RealAudio files in the instruments pages are of members of the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra
13. Timpani and Other Percussion Instrments