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This newsletter takes a look at musical instruments, especially those associated with a modern symphony orchestra. Click on the article links below to explore Britannica's coverage of the different general groups of instruments as well as particular examples of each group.

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Interactive: View a schematic of the orchestra and listen to the sounds of each instrument.

Audio: Listen to an excerpt from “Fantaisie-Impromptu” by Frédéric Chopin.

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