Here you are!
As long as you are a music lover, viola player
or not, you'll find something for you.The role of viola in music over
the centuries has changed a lot, but it's not well known to most people.
Here you'll find unusual and curious information about many composers and their relationship (actually, many times it was a love affair) with this beautifully mellow-toned instrument: who played it, what they wrote, their lives. Even many famous violin players fell and still fall in love with it.
I'll give you the chance to taste bits of these works, here you'll find some free music to download to listen to or to print, or just view.
You'll see pictures of composers and musicians, stories from their lives, to get to know them, to make friends with them and have some fun!
Initially, I didn't know who had written what, so I didn't even know what to look for.
After some hard research I was able to find a lot of information, lists of compositions, although they were still very mysterious to me because I couldn't see or hear them in any shop. But then when I wanted to buy one to hear how it sounded and maybe to learn to play it, I was completely lost.
"Where do I find it? How long will it take to get it?" Ok, that was mainly before the Internet era, now it's much easier but still you first have to know what to aim at.
Or, if you are a music lover but not a violist, maybe you didn't even bother searching for viola music because "there aren't any solo pieces, are there?", let alone concertos...
There are, indeed! But it's like a big puzzle. You have to take all the pieces and put them together, often without having the picture in front of you.
Now, I'll be happy to help you to solve both problems: I'll help you to discover this little known world: stories about who wrote music for or with viola, who played it and loved it, and where to find it.
Also, for more fun, you'll find some useful and unusual items all related to the viola. In one word, I'd like you to really enjoy this visit, your perhaps new experience with this wonderful musical instrument, enjoy gorgeous music and yourself.
I'm adding more and more pages, so come and visit again!
Buy our own Viola in Music Collection of 13 famous tunes (19 pages)
£7.99 and download them instantly
They are on their original keys, so you can play them in sessions with other instruments
Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Michael Turner’s waltz (2 versions)
The greenwood tree
The south wind
Ye banks and braes
Skye boat song
My love is like a red, red rose
The road to Lisdoonvarna
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
"As the greatest expert and judge of harmony,
he liked best to play the viola,
with appropriate loudness and softness"
C.P.E. Bach about his father J.S. Bach