Good viola music?Repertoire: Any suggestions on music
From Shawn Boucke
My favorite violin pieces to play/audition with are Lalo Symphony Espagnole, and Saint-Seans Intro & Rondo Capriccioso. I'm looking for viola music that is in that same category as those two pieces, but have yet to find anything that I really like. I can only seem to find music around the baroque era, or contemporary. Any suggestions?
From Vitalis ImHave you taken a look at the Vieuxtemps Elegie? My violin teacher, who happens to be a violist, played this at my college's faculty recital a few months ago.
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I know next to nothing about the viola (and I've never seen the sheet music) so I have no idea if this is within technical reach.
From Brian LeeQuite overdone, but one of my favorite viola pieces is perhaps Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata...
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:20 AM
From Emily HogstadRebecca Clarke sonata?
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
From Emily Hogstaddouble post...sorry
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
From Hendrik Hak
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:02 PM
From Mendy SmithThere are tons.... Bloch Suite Hebraique, the Vieuxtemps, Bach Cello Suites of course (many times these are required for auditions), Clarke, Schubert, Hoffmeister, Brahms Op. 120, Hummel Fantasy.
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
From Adrian HeathAdd Reinecke, Weber, Berlioz, Schumann, Bruch, Rolla, Bridge, Vaughan-Williams, Holst, Britten, Benjamin....
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
From Shawn BouckeAhhh that is a lot of composers. Any specific songs? I have looked through those composers on IMSLP but I don't know what is specifically a good advanced viola piece.
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
From Victor AndzulisCecil Forsyth viola concerto in G minor is on IMSLP. It's fantastic!!! Written in the early 1900s, it's the the style of big romantic violin concertos. Lawrence Power has a fantastic recording of it.
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
From Sue BechlerStamitz, Hoffmeister, Telemann Fantasias.
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
From Ariane AlexanderHummel Fantasy
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM
From Erica ThalerAlan Hovhaness "Chahagir"
Posted on May 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
From Adrian HeathKorngold wrote a viola concerto, has anyone come across it?
Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM
From Adrian HeathOops!
Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM
From Shawn BouckeI have decided on the Forsyth viola concerto... now that is fun
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM
From Victor AndzulisGood pick :)! If you get the Power recording it also has the York Bowen viola concerto in C minor. It's not on IMSLP so you would have to buy it, and it is more a challenging work overall.
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 03:59 AM
From Ellie PhillipsI'm assuming that if you've played the Saint-Saens, you've probably played the Walton viola concerto? Right???
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Anyway, I'm playing the first Reger suite right now, and before that I played the Rhapsodie from Bloch's Suite Hebraique. I love the Bloch.
From Shawn BouckeI have not played those other ones? Walton? I cannot find the Bloch online (always looking at IMSLP first) I switched from Violin while win college, and have not grown up with the repertoire. What have I been missing!? any links to that other sheet music. I bought the CD with Forsyth, but have not seen the Bowen sheet music yet.
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 07:27 PM
From Amber Rogersjust to put some stuff out there that hasn't been mentioned:
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
the Hindemith op. 11 no. 4 is hot, Bloch 1919, Schumann marchenbilder, Glinka, Frank Bridge two pieces, bartok is cool, but not exactly like what you were talking about wanting.
From Amber Rogerswhoops, someone mentioned the schumann.
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
i shall replace that suggestion with the hindemith op. 25 no. 1
From Nigel KeayHere is a list of specifically viola recordings that I came across recently, perhaps it may come in useful: http://nanor.free.fr/Altolist.htm.
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
From Victor AndzulisI will second the Walton as well. I didn't mention it because you asked for pieces like the Lalo and Saint Saens. The Bowen and Forsyth are more along those Romantic lines while Walton definitely 20th century in style. A lot of the others that have been mentioned aren't concertos either, which I assumed you were looking for? Ralph Vaughan Williams also has a really cool Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra too. You should be able to find music for any of the pieces mentioned by everyone here at sheetmusicplus.com or sharmusic.com. There is so much cool viola music out there! Have fun discovering it!
Posted on May 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
From Gene WieI did a funny performance one time...did the Glazunov Concerto (originally for alto sax) on the viola. :)
Posted on May 17, 2012 at 12:49 AM
From Nigel KeaySeeing it's the current viola repertoire topic, I'll just mention that I've put a movement of my Concerto on youtube with the soloists part following along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmOgW9dGBnc.
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
From Sverker LennartssonGlazunov Elegie, you might enjoy Glinka viola sonata, Brahms viola sonatas, Lekeu piano quartet, Bruch trios for clarinet, piano and viola,...
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 01:08 PM
From Shawn BouckeI didn't know Glinka wrote something for viola!
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
From elise stanleyI've just come accross a beautiful piece by
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Schumann - the Fairy Tales for viola and piano:
At least the first movement is lovely, yet to listen to the others.
(its on IMSLP too)
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