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Schirmer editions are a North American publisher. The history of music in the United States is closely connected to Schirmer's. Founded in 1866 (from a previously existing publisher), they have the merit of having introduced the music of the great European masters to America, at a time when American music included mainly hymns and folk tunes. Soon they started to encourage and publish the works of American contemporary composers.

Also musical education was very important to Schirmer and they persuaded notable composers to write operatic works for school and community performance. The list of American and other contemporary composers whose works are now published by Schirmer include Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, Roy Harris, Charles Ives, Walter Piston, William Schuman, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Morton Gould, Gian Carlo Menotti, to name but a few.

Schirmer >editions for viola include works by J. S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Henri Vieuxtemps, Ernest Bloch, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Sofia Gubaidulina and many more composers, collections of solos for viola and piano of various genres and difficulty, as well as scales and studies books.

Another interesting characteristic of these editions is the series ">The Great Performer's edition". These are works edited and sometimes arranged by great performers who lived in the States, such as the violinists Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci, the cellist Janos Starker, the flute player James Galway, the french horn player Barry Tuckwell, the pianist Arthur Rubinstein and (of interest to us) the violist William Primrose. In these editions, one can see fingerings, performance suggestions and even ornamentation by these great players.

Although someone may find these some of these editions a bit dated, I find them very useful for the reason mentioned. For viola, >Primrose edited works like Brahms 1st sonata, Bach Suites, Telemann and Stamitz concertos, a collection of his own transcription of virtuoso pieces, "The Virtuoso Violist" and, my favourite one, the Aria (Cantilena) by Heitor Villa-Lobos, from Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, arranged for viola and piano by William Primrose, from the original version for eight cellos. You can listen to a sample of this charming work, click on the picture on the right side.

>Aria (Cantilena) - Viola And Piano>Look Inside
>Aria (Cantilena) - Viola And Piano (from Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5). By Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Arranged by William Primrose. For viola (with optional cello part) and piano accompaniment (Piano). String Solo. 20th Century. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out viola/cello part). 8 pages. G. Schirmer #AMP95613-9. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50224430)
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Now you can find your Schirmer >editions for viola and enjoy beautiful music.

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>Viola Concerto In G - Viola/Piano>Look Inside
>Viola Concerto In G - Viola/Piano (Set of performance parts). By Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Arranged by William Primrose. For viola and piano. String Solo. Baroque. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull out viola part). Solo part and piano reduction. 20 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1973. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50481381)
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>Sonata per Arpeggione (Viola/Piano)>Look Inside
>Sonata per Arpeggione (Viola/Piano) (Viola and Piano). By Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Paul Doktor. For viola solo and piano accompaniment. String Solo. Classical Period. Difficulty: difficult. Viola solo single. Standard notation, piano accompaniment, bowings, fingerings and introductory text. 29 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1832. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50262110)
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>5 Suites>Look Inside
>5 Suites (Viola Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by William Primrose. String Solo. Great Performer"s Edition. For unaccompanied viola.. 44 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3142. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50334250)
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>6 Suites>Look Inside
>6 Suites (Viola Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Samuel Lifschey. For solo viola (unaccompanied). String Solo. Baroque. Difficulty: medium-difficult to difficult. Viola solo songbook. Standard notation. 53 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1564. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50260140)
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>Sonata (Piano/Viola)>Look Inside
>Sonata (Piano/Viola) (Viola and Piano). By Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). For viola solo and piano accompaniment. Modern Russian Masterworks. 20th Century. Difficulty: difficult. Viola solo single. Standard notation and piano accompaniment. Op. 147. 40 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3301. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50335600)
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>42 Studies - Viola>Look Inside
>42 Studies - Viola (Viola Method). By Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831). Arranged by Walter Blumenau. For viola. String Solo. Instructional and Classical Period. Instructional book. Performance notes. 69 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1737. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50261270)
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>Etudes Speciales, Op. 36 - Book 1 - Viola>Look Inside
>Etudes Speciales, Op. 36 - Book 1 - Viola (Viola Method). By Jacques Fereol Mazas (1782-1849). Arranged by Leonard Mogill. For viola. String Solo. Studies and Instructional. Instructional book. 48 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1885. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50262570)
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>36 Elementary and Progressive Studies>Look Inside
>36 Elementary and Progressive Studies (Viola Method). By Heinrich Ernst Kayser. Edited by Leonard Mogill. String Solo. 52 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1850. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50262250)
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>School of Violin Technics, Op. 1 - Book 1>Look Inside
>School of Violin Technics, Op. 1 - Book 1 (Viola Method). By Henry Schradieck. Edited by Samuel Lifschey. String Method. 48 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1750. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50261380)
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>Passacaglia (Piano / Viola)>Look Inside
>Passacaglia (Piano / Viola) (on an Old English Tune). By Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). For viola solo and piano accompaniment. String Solo. 20th Century. Difficulty: difficult. Viola solo single. Standard notation, fingerings and piano accompaniment. 7 pages. G. Schirmer #ED4110. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50483591)
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>Meditation and Processional>Look Inside
>Meditation and Processional (Viola and Piano). By Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). String Solo. 8 pages. G. Schirmer #ST43028. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50286260)
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>Suite Hebraique (Piano/Viola)>Look Inside
>Suite Hebraique (Piano/Viola) (Viola and Piano). By Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). For viola solo, violin solo and piano accompaniment. String Solo. 20th Century. Difficulty: difficult. String solo single. Standard notation and piano accompaniment. 16 pages. G. Schirmer #ST42892. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50286080)
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>The Virtuoso Violist>Look Inside
>The Virtuoso Violist (Viola and Piano). By Various. Edited by William Primrose. String Solo. 80 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3922. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50482094)
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>Solos for the Viola Player>Look Inside
>Solos for the Viola Player (with Piano Accompaniment). Edited by Paul Doktor. For viola solo and piano accompaniment. String Solo. Classical. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Viola solo book. Solo part, standard notation, fingerings, bowings and piano accompaniment. 64 pages. G. Schirmer #ED2307. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50329260)
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>Sinfonia Concertante>Look Inside
>Sinfonia Concertante (Score and Parts). By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Violin. String. 48 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1590. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50260330)
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>Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 120>Look Inside
>Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 120 (Viola and Piano). By Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by William Primrose. Viola. String Solo. Softcover. 32 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3332. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50335910)
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