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The Viola Size was
Always a Challenge
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).
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.
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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