The strings section of the orchestra is the core of the orchestra.
Debate Rounds (3)
My opponent (con) will argue that another section is superior to strings. (Conductor does not count)
Round 1: Acceptance
Round 2: Main points
Round 3: Rebuttals
To put this in context, all instruments in the Brass section are included. E.g: trumpets, trombones, french horns etc.
The main point, divided into smaller points, that I will be making, is that the strings section of the orchestra is most powerful, and keeps the orchestra together.
1. The strings are used most often in an orchestra, either to back up leading instruments, to lead the orchestra on, or both.
Strings can be used in many different ways, as the playful 'children' or the 'mother' in the background keeping everything in line.
2. Almost no orchestral songs don't have strings. From classical pieces to movie scores. The brass section, however, is not as needed and usually when used, are used for a short time as a leading section WITH strings backing it up.
3. Strings are more moving and exciting. Strings can be extremely sad sounding and can sway the music with beauty,and can also become very excited and quick, both of these harder to pull off with the brass section.
In terms of volume, the brass section can clearly outdo in loudness and also compete in playing very quietly. It has a huge range that rivals the string. The Brass section has the piccolo trumpet and plays very high while the tuba can play very low.
Take movie music, all the epic moments are played by the brass section with strings behind along with percussion. Marches are often played by brass sections and can also use techniques that no string instrument could.
Brass instruments are clearly more versatile as they can be used in many ways, not just in music. In fact, many sound effects can be created by the brass section. Take for example a door hissing open in a sci-fi film, by turning the mouth piece upside down and blowing through the instrument can create that effect.
To summon up, the brass section clearly outdoes the string section in both innovation, improvisation and ability. Clearly is shown that the brass section is by far, the most important section of the orchestra.
You clearly destroy your own point about versatility stating that taking sound effects as an example you claim that strings sound effects are 'not as significant as the brass.' I point out yet again that in a time of new music and new uses for orchestras, innovation must be included.
I disagree strongly on the point that the trombone does not have as many options as the strings. Take a mute, creates a shallow or mellow effect. Something that cannot be done on the stringed instruments. The trombone along with string instruments can glissando and can stand toe to toe in both volume and overall quality.
If there was a piece that required an instrument to cut through the orchestra, the trumpet is a perfect instrument. Want a fanfare? Welcome to the brass section. If you go to any major concert or even an event, you would almost always find a brass section only there.
Just listen to the earlier piece of music I suggested, 'Jupiter,' it speaks for itself on the power of the brass section.
To conclude, I have clearly shown that by far is the Brass section. Innovative, majestic and full of beauty. So lets not go for a set of instruments that have been going out of fashion. In fact the ABRSM has shown that the violin is no longer the most popular instrument for children in the UK. Therefore let me remind you again, Brass instruments are the best.
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