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The Viola Size was
Always a Challenge

The viola size has always been tricky, construction-wise. Early models of this instrument were so large that the instrument was highly uncomfortable when assuming a playing stance. One of the people associated with the improvement of the viola is Lionel Tertis (1876-1975).

The tuning of this instruments four strings are as such: c, g, d’ and a’ (The apostrophe refers to the d and a just above middle C). One famous composer who was an amazing viola player was Paul Hindemith. Speaking of composers, famous viola parts can be found in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (K364) and Berlioz’s Harold en Italie.

Did I hear you say that you were not happy merely composing for a four stringed viola? You want more strings? Okay then, try the Viola d’Amore. It has fourteen strings, seven of which are played on. Good luck!





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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice