Ferdinando Carulli was an important virtuoso guitar player who composed much chamber music for guitar, also with the viola.
He initially studied cello but soon switched to the guitar. At the beginning of the 19th century he moved to Paris and become well known as guitar soloist, composer and teacher. Also many of his works started to be published in France, Germany and Italy.
However, his most famous work was his Méthode complete for guitar that is still used nowadays by many teachers.
Carulli was very active in promoting the guitar as a solo instrument with many expressive and virtuoso qualities.
What is of interest to us is that he composed something for viola. In particular,
Duos for viola and guitar
as well as other works without opus number including arrangements of popular opera arias and ouvertures, (see below) like Paganini and many others did.
Ouverture from The thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra)
for violin, viola and guitar
These works could very well form a nice programme of a concert for a trio or quartet with violin, viola, cello and guitar, maybe with one of Paganin's quartet. I myself remember playing the duos with guitar.
If you want to enjoy listening to Carulli's music find here a selection of recordings you can buy and if you wish to play some of carulli's duos, trios or quartets here are also some editions of sheet music.