A symphony or philharmonic orchestra (They're the same thing, and that's that ) will consist of a wide assortment of instruments, that when played together form a single harmonious sound. My question to you is: Which instrument is your favourite in the context of a symphony orchestra? Your choices may include, but are certainly not limited to: Woodwinds flute piccolo oboe cor anglais clarinet bass clarinet bassoon contrabasoon Brass trumpet trombone bass trombone french horn tuba Percussion timpani snare drum bass drum celesta Strings violin viola cello double bass piano My personal favourite and the one I wish I could play most is the French Horn. A French Horn has all of the volume of the other brass instruments but has a much nicer texture. A French horn can rise from silence, whereas a trumpet, well, you know when it starts playing. French Horns play some of my favourite parts of many pieces of film music and classical. Honorable mention to the bassoon, clarinet, and snare drum.