first violin

first violin (plural first violins)

  1. (music) The lead or primary violin role in an orchestra or other ensemble, or in a musical composition, that typically contains the melody and is often more technically demanding than the second violin role. The first violin role is played by a first violinist, typically the best violinist in the orchestra.
  2. (British, music) The leader of the violin section of a symphony orchestra; the concertmaster.
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