While listening to a recording of Michael Rabin playing Wieniawski's Concerto no. 1 on Youtube, one comment in particular jumped out at me.
"thank god he didnt waste himself on the viola! haha"
To be honest, I was kind of shocked. Completely ignoring the fact that I play the viola, I would have very much enjoyed a recording of Michael Rabin playing the Telemann Viola Concerto, or the Vieuxtemps Viola Sonata. When I went on to confront this person about his comment, and his opinion of the viola, he responded by saying that I was not worthy of an opinion about music and that because he was a concert violinist, who has played with famous orchestras, he was qualified to make such a comment. I know that at a youth level, violinists tend to have better technique in Orchestras than violists. In the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra however, I know that each musician is just as qualified as the other.
This brings me to my main point. I know there are probably a lot of violists out there, but since this sight is primarily aimed at violinists, I ask you this question.
What do you think of the viola in general; what do you think of the normal violist? Is the average violinist generally a better musician than the average violist? How come the viola repertoire is not more appreciated?
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