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Almost every book has its own bibliography and also some websites do, so here it is, the viola bibliography. I am a fan of bibliographies, and I find them very useful but…

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What is a bibliography? To me it is a sort of map to go back to the source of a river, in our case, a river of information. It’s also like clicking on a page link on Internet (only it takes a bit longer), you go somewhere else which is related in some way, but you may end up with discovering a completely new world!

So, if you’d like to read more about the viola, composers and music in general, here is a list of some of the material I consulted or mentioned in this website. I’ll be adding more things now and then. You can find a lot more information on CD/LP sleeves, sheet music prefaces, concert programmes, museum descriptions… I’d dare to say… almost everywhere.

I’ve sorted these books by title (excluding the article), which I think says something to everybody, more than the author’s name. This is the formatting for this list: 

Title, Author, Publisher.

I wish you to find some useful information. I think you can find many of these books mentioned in viola bibliography in public libraries (some books are out of print) and music/book stores for new or used books. Otherwise, you can click one of the titles you like, to go to worldwide shops.


Alessandro Rolla - Catalogo tematico delle opere; Bianchi L.A., Inzaghi; Nuove edizioni

Alessandro Rolla - Catalogo tematico delle opere; Bianchi L.A., Inzaghi; Nuove edizioni
Always playing; Kennedy Nigel; Weidenfeld and Nicolson Nigel Kennedy played the viola, did you know?

Always playing; Kennedy Nigel; Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Bach reader: A life of J.S. Bach in letters and documents; David, H.T., Mendel, A.

Bach reader: A life of J.S. Bach in letters and documents; David, H.T., Mendel, A.  Bach played the viola, did you know?
Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Boyd, Malcolm; Cambridge University Press, 1993 Bach played the viola, did you know?

Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Boyd, Malcolm; Cambridge University Press, 1993

Beethoven, Letters; collected and translated by Emily Anderson; MacMillan

Beethoven, Letters; collected and translated by Emily Anderson; MacMillan. Beethoven played the viola, did you know?
Eufonia, o la città musicale; Berlioz H.; Sellerio (Italian - Spanish) http://www.viola-in-music.com/biography-of-Hector-Berlioz.html

Eufonia, o la città musicale; Berlioz H.; Sellerio (Italian - Spanish)



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