December 6, 2013 5:38 PM   Subscribe

This poster has written this Metafilter post of music specially to introduce you to the instruments of the orchestra. There are four teams of players; the STRINGS, the WOODWIND, the BRASS, and the PERCUSSION. Each of these four teams uses instruments which have a family likeness. They make roughly the same kind of sound in the same way. The STRINGS are played with a bow or plucked by the fingers. The WOODWIND are blown by the breath. The BRASS are blown too. The PERCUSSION are banged. Now we have taken the whole Orchestra to pieces. We have no intention of putting it together again.

With my apologies to Benjamin Britten and Eric Crozier.

From Wikipedia:

"The Portsmouth Sinfonia was an orchestra founded by a group of students at the Portsmouth School of Art in England, in 1970. The Sinfonia had an unusual entrance requirement, in that players had to either be non-musicians, or if a musician, play an instrument that was entirely new to them. Among the founding members was one of their teachers, English composer Gavin Bryars. The orchestra started as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek performance art ensemble but became a cultural phenomenon over the following ten years, with concerts, record albums, a film and a hit single. They last performed publicly in 1979."

Previously on MetaFilter.
posted by ocherdraco (3 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
The Hall Of The Mountain King.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 5:57 PM on December 6, 2013

Thanks for compiling this, I have been such a fan of theirs.
posted by idiopath at 9:17 PM on December 6, 2013

holy shit I love this.
posted by rubadub at 5:22 PM on December 8, 2013

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