viola



[It.] - [Eng.] - [Sp.]


The second highest pitched member of the violin family. The viola is similar to the violin in most respects, however, it is larger and is a fifth lower in range (whereas the violin has strings tuned to g, d', a', and e'', the viola has strings tuned to c, g, d', and a'). Thus, the range of the viola is from C below middle C to A an octave above the treble clef.

Also [Eng.] viola; [Fr.] alto (m); [Ger.] Bratsche (f); [Ger.] Altgeige (f); [It.] viola (f); [Sp.] viola; [Abbr.] Va.; [Abbr.] Vla.; [Abbr.] Br.

See also violin.


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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano, II
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 60
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 38
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat major, K. 364, I (conclusion, orchestral exposition)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 4

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