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Old 03-24-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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"div" Double stops.

Hello everyone I would like to get some clarification on the division of of double stops on string instruments.

To my understanding "Div" means to divide the notes in between two players. Right stand gets higher notes and left side gets the lower notes.

What I don't understand is what the a.6 and a.3 means coming after that.



Can someone clarify for me please?
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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I'm afraid I cannot provide any insight, but perhaps it was just a div tag typo?

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #3
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there are 6 notes there within the first violin part, so the "divisi a 6" just means the notes are divided amongst 6 players (or however many players divided into 6 parts, depending on the setup)

"divisi a x" indicates a division into x number of parts
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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I see so divisi a 6 doesn't have to be divided between 6 players?

For example if could be divided between lets say 3 or 4 as long as they are capable of playing all the notes?
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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i don't remember exactly, but i think so

that's the first divisi a 6 i've ever seen actually
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:50 AM   #6
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It's an example from Samuel Adlers study of orchestration.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:53 AM   #7
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"div. a x" means that the notes are divided amongst x players. No player plays double stops in that situation unless it's absolutely necessary (which it never is).
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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At the beginning it says div. a 6. This means that the 6 notes of the harmonies are to be divided evenly among vln 1 players. Keeping it simple, a vln 1 section of 12 players will have 2 players playing each of the 6 notes.

This designation is usually for winds and brass players. For example, a chord with 4 notes in Horns will be notated as a2 (staff 1) and a2 (staff 2). Flutes in triplets playing a single melody line a3 means that all 3 flutes play this line.
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