The horn players get to do some interesting things from time to time in full orchestras, especially once you get to R. Strauss or Wagner (and then sitting around counting measures of rest), but that is completely offset by the time most horn players have had to suffer through playing the after-beats (i.e. the "pah" in the "Oom-pah") in band music. I hated, hated, hated that!EvilB said:Well, for viola, it depends on which piece you're playing. French horns are definitely not neglected (in my experience anyways). The french horn in my orchestra gets multiple, feature solos in every concert. The double bass is super, super neglected (they're not even with the rest of the orchestra; they're all the way in the back where nobody hears them).
I really enjoy the cello, but the viola solo in Berlioz's Harold in Italy will get my entire attention every time I hear it.NogDog said:I did like cello better than violin or viola (which is the real neglected member of that family, IMO ), but my favorite to play was the double base (a.k.a. bass viol).
One of the reasons I love Richard Strauss: he had such a knack for making great use of all the instruments in the orchestra.mlewis78 said:
< Cellist. But I play 1st Violin in orchestras, so snag all the fun parts. Cellos sometimes get nice lines; now playing double bass is a thankless gig.EvilB said:Do you play the cello? Don't you think that it's totally neglected in ensembles and orchestras?