Viola studies by Lillian Fuchs

July 28, 2019, 8:24 PM · Hi fellow violists! I have recently stumbled upon a CD Lillian Fuchs "Complete Music for Unaccompanied Viola" by Jeanne Mallow.
It contains, among others:
Sixteen Fantasy Etudes (1959)
Fifteen Characteristic Studies for Viola (1965)
Twelve Caprices for Viola (1950)

Can someone please shed some light on the above, in particular, the level of difficulty, usefulness and recommended order of study? Thank you.

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July 29, 2019, 12:19 AM · I have the 12 Caprices, I bought them someplace, probably because I was intrigued by Lillian Fuch's playing. When I studied with Hatto Beyerle at the Music University in Vienna I brought some of them into lessons. Professor Beyerle wondered what I hoped to gain by studying them, though my copy is filled with fingerings and bowings in his handwriting. so we obviously worked on them for some time. They are filled with lots of difficult stretches, which is the main area of difficulty, which is interesting, since Lillian Fuchs was a very small woman who played a very large DaSalo viola. In retrospect, I think professor Beyerle was right, I'm dubious that they added anything useful to my playing. Incidentally, Jeanne Mallow is the granddaughter of Lillian Fuchs.

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