Ricochet in viola repertoire?
May this message find you well. I mostly play viola and only dabble in violin, but realized today that I can only do ricochet in violin, and can’t on viola. It seems like the technique is all over virtuoso violin repertoire, but totally absent from viola repertoire. The only composition I could think of that is consistently performed with violas playing ricochet is the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony. So without further ado, let’s compile a list of solo, chamber music, orchestral music, and etudes performed on viola with ricochet!
I haven’t encountered any but the concept is virtually the same with a bit heavier string for viola. Also, I would not call Tchaikovsky 6 a richochet as it is controlled to only 2.
There’s a bit in the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia.
Scheherazade has a bit in the third movement.
You need a very fine viola and bow to do good ricochet. The violin is bit more forgiving. But...
Adam Silverman (http://www.adambsilverman.com/) is a young composer at West Chester University who has written a quite fine trio called "Ricochet" for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano. It's about 8 minutes long. Here's a link to spotify if you want to preview it.
Lawrence Power does a lot of very fast spiccato (and a couple of ricochet at the end) in Shostakovich: 5 Pieces from The Gadfly, No.5 Folk Festival — on a 2012 recording [Shostakovich: Music for Viola and Piano, with Simon Crawford-Phillips].
Sonata per la Grand Viola-Paganini, Variation III
Since my violin and my viola are hanging on wall hooks right behind where I am sitting now, I decided to try this. I found the difficulty was comparable -- also the contact point, ideal location along the bow, these were the same too. So, not sure what's up with your viola. One thing I've noticed from playing viola in orchestras is that violists sometimes make their bows really tight. Check your bow tension?
There's some ricochet for viola in the second movement of Prokofiev's String Quartet No.2. The cello also has it in the same passage.