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Welcome to Viola music portal! At our music library, you will always find viola sheet music, exercises, etudes, viola scales, orchestra excerpts. Our PDF database also contains 330 viola pieces, more than 860 cello pieces and more than 1200 violin works of different composers. You can find different caprices and etudes compilations, scales and exercises, and, of course, different Viola sheet music. All sheet music is in PDF format to ensure the high quality you can print.

If you’re looking for a specific sheet music, available in our catalogue, you can browse around the site throughout the four sections: Viola sheet music, Viola studies, Violin sheet music, and Cello sheet music. In each section you’ll find an alphabetical list of the composers.


Latest news:

10.09.2017

Some new viola compositions were added to library:

06.09.2017:

Latest viola sheet music additions:

Last updates in the violin sheet music section:

Raff - Violin sonata N. 1 Op. 73

01.09.2017

Updates in the violin sheet music section:

27.08.2017:

Some major updates to Paganini violin sheet music:

Also, some new cello sheet music available now:

26.08.2017

An orchestral score of Szymanowski - Violin concerto N1 op.35 was added to violin sheet music section.

21.08.2017

Violn section update: Hummel - Violin concerto op.17 was added

16.08.2017

Latest updates in the violin sheet music section:

15.08.2017

August Nolck Cello concertino in D major was added to cello sheet music section

14.08.2017

We're updating the viola studies section. Now you can find some good viola studies from different composers:

11.08.2017

Some cello pieces by well-known French composer Jean-Baptist Brüll were added to cello sheet music section:

21.07.2017

Gliere - Two valses for cello and piano op.31 №6 & op.45 was added to sheet music library.

18.07.2017

Some cello pieces by Martin Berteau were added:

Also, an interesting cello variations by Michael Wielhorski were added to cello sheet music section:

15.07.2017

08.07.2017

Also, there are some updates to cello and violin sheet music sections:

05.07.2017

Two masterpieces of Gaspar Cassado were added to our library:

Also,

03.07.2017

30.06.2017

23.06.2017

Rare and interesting cello concerto of Kazakh composer - Brusilovsky - Cello Concerto (1969) was added

22.06.2017

20.06.2017

08.06.2017

We've got an interesting virtuoso cello piece by Joseph Jongen - Perpetuum Mobile for cello and piano op.68 N2

Also, Gavrilin - Cello pieces (Anyuta-valse, Holeovlia, etc.) book was added.

04.06.2017

An interesting Cassado's Cello Concerto in E major, based on Tchaikovsky's Piano Pieces op.72 was added.

 

 

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Musicians in medieval times have understood this need and have started recording their work in parchment to preserve them in order to recreate them later when required. Later the manuscripts were written in paper and the hand written manuscripts were the major form of sheet music until mid 15th century when the printing press came into existence.

Viola sheet music too went through this process and finally has come on paper after 15th century. Before 18th century viola was under the shade of violin and didn’t get a prominent place in western music. Therefore viola sheet music was almost nonexistent until early 18th century when J. S. Batch rediscovered the value of viola in orchestras. He later went on to write a few composures on viola and the viola sheet music on them are still available. Brandenburg concerto 3 and Brandenburg concerto 6 are two of his notable works on viola and the viola sheet music of these are available for you even today. There is sheet music for viola written by many composers in the last three centuries for those who love classical music.

Like sheet music for all other instruments, viola sheet music also first appeared in parchment hand written by the composers. Finally, when the printing press was invented they went to the printed form. Due to certain constraints in printing, many composers kept on hand writing sheet music for viola until 18th century when the printing press developed into is able to record viola sheet music in the correct form. Later, written hard form of viola sheet music started to appear in the soft form using computer screens.

Sheet music for viola appeared in the soft form for the first time in 1991 when the scanning of the printed sheets of sheet music for viola started. Later digital technology developed to have them in digital form. Presently if you need to enjoy any composer’s music that is available in viola sheet music form it is just a click away. You have the possibility of downloading the sheet music for viola and playing the same looking at your computer screen.

It is the sheet music for viola that has helped the development of viola music. If not for this preserved written form of music, the great works of composers of the yester year could have been lost with time. But thanks to the efforts of those musicians of the era when classical music was developing we have their work in written form to enjoy and to pass on to the future generations. It is the viola sheet music that anchors the past to the present on viola music. It also will do the same to the future viola music.

Culture News:

  • Association of Teachers of music schools of Serbia (Belgrade) invites you to participate students and musicians with no age limit in the IV International Music Competition Internet (INTERNET MUSIC COMPETITION) www.musiccompetition.eu (open website in Russian) . Competitive video recording, directly via the Internet evaluated by a jury from many countries of the world. Internet competition is convenient in the financial and organizational terms, as it passes completely through the Internet. Many teachers from the former Soviet Union participated in the competition helped to certify, as remain the international. Sincerely, Milomir Doychinovich - President of the Association

 

  • The official site of the II International contest-festival of young performers in the RA. Full details of the competition is given on the website.
 

In viola sheet music section of our Site each violist always find different sheet music by foreign composers, both old and modern. Just to name a few: Bartok, whose concerts are playing by all viola players, Bach solo suites for viola and other compositions, Beethoven, Bloch, known Brahms viola sonatas, Bruch, Vitali, with his remarkable Chaconne, Grieg, Campagnoli with brilliant concert caprices. Corelli and Locatelli, Czech composer Martinu, Milhaud, well, and of course, Mozart. Many violists often play the brilliant sonatas of Honegger, Nardini, Hindemith, which can be found on our website. Also we collected a large number of works of Rolla, Sitt, Telemann, Schubert. There are so many composers who wrote the composition for viola. Of course there are such masterpieces as concerts by Frid, Forsite, Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Walton, Enescu. Of course, there are many Russian and Soviet composers. You can find viola sheet music by Prokofiev, and Glinka, Shostakovich, Slonimsky, Rachmaninov, Golovin. This is only a small part. Go to the section "Viola sheet music" and look how rich the viola repertoire is!

For junior violists (and not only for them) our music library opened a large section where you can find etudes for viola, a variety of exercises, scales, schools, also very rare collections. It's never too late to play the viola etudes! We also have rare caprices by Stanitsky and etudes by Dont, Rode, Palashko.

For those viola players and viola artists who are going to work in the orchestra, there will be useful to play some music from our collection. Many theaters or any philharmonic orchestras at the audition can give you some difficult pieces. It will be useful to pre-teach difficult places, and so easy to see how there are virtuoso the viola orchestral parts can be.

This is only a small part of what offers you alto our website. See all topics, we hope you will find them in the for yourself useful and interesting. In the nearest time we'll open the violin, cello sheet music and quartet sheet music section!

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The proportions of the viola cannot be as nearly defined as those of the violin, which can be said to have a standard size within quite small limits of variation. It seems that every imaginable combination of measurements has been tried in the as yet unfinished evolutionary process, the goal of which is to achieve an instrumental design that will answer to a common ideal of the viola's sound and capabilities. This common ideal is being delayed in its crystallizing by an unusual divergence of opinion among performers, composers, and listeners, both as to what kind of tone the viola should produce and what kind of music it should be expected to play. The viola presents an especially marked example of the continuity of the evolutionary process, which we cannot assume to be completed in the case of any of our instruments.
Even the largest violas are not big enough in comparison with the violin to correspond to the pitch a perfect fifth lower, and this discrepancy is doubtless responsible in large part for the unique tone quality of the viola. The larger the instrument the more difficult it is to handle, especially when playing in upper positions.
The bow is somewhat thicker than the violin bow, and hence heavier.
The viola's heavier strings speak with more reluctance, and tone production requires a certain amount of "digging in." Light and airy types of bowing are therefore less natural to the viola than to the violin. They are not to be shunned, but one should realize that only skillful players with good instruments can make them sound effectively.
The two lower strings are wound with wire, the others being plain gut. Some players use wound strings for all four, and metal A-strings are also used.
The fingering system of the viola is identical with that of the violin. Playing the viola requires a large hand and strong fingers, particularly the fourth finger, which is held in a more extended position than on the violin. The extension of the left forearm in the first position proves tiring after long playing. Positions above the third are inconvenienced by the awkwardness of getting around the shoulder of the viola with the left hand.
The normal clef for the viola is the alto clef (middle C on the third line). The treble clef (G clef) is employed when the part lies substantially above the range of the alto clef for a length of time. Too many clef changes should be avoided. A violist is quite accustomed to reading two or three leger lines above the staff, and he would prefer to do so rather than change clef for just a few notes.
The situation of the viola in the middle of the pitch range of the strings seems to have made it the busiest member of the group. It is not only appropriate for melodies of its own, but it is constantly called upon to double violins at the octave or unison, or it may double the 'cellos or even the basses. The character and the sound of the viola are more suited to singing melody than to the performance of agile figuration.
In a modern orchestra there are usually twelve violas. In the period of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, the number was at most five, with six to ten first violins and six to ten second violins. Violas have a heavier tone than violins, and in classical scores there is good evidence that the divided violas were thought a sufficient balance for the combined first and second violins.

 
 
     
 
 
 
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