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VIDEO: The History of the Orchestra

Learn about the history of the orchestra with Editor of BBC Music Magazine, Oliver Condy. Oliver takes us through how it came into being, and the key changes it has undergone, to how it has got to what we see on stage now. Ever wondered why the violins sit where they do? How did great composers of the past shape the orchestra? Oliver is on hand to explain.