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Viola Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find music for the viola and information about the instrument. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.

  

    

Classification Numbers for Viola Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)

 M45–M49  Viola alone:
     M45      Collections (more than one composer)
     M46      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M47      Original works: Separate
     M48      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M49      Arrangements: Separate works
 M224–M228  Viola with piano accompaniment:
     M224      Collections (more than one composer)
     M225      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M226      Original works: Separate
     M227      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M228      Arrangements: Separate works
 M286–M287  Duets for two stringed instruments (of all kinds):
     M286      Collections
     M287      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M294–M295  Duets—one stringed and one plucked instrument
 M310–M314  Piano and two stringed instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M330–M334  Piano, one stringed, and one plucked instrument
 M349–M353  Three stringed instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M370–M374  Three stringed and plucked instruments
 M450  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer and medium)
 M451  Quartets—Collections (more than one composer)
 M452  Quartets—two violins, viola, violoncello
 M452.2  Quartets—four violins
 M452.4  Quartets—other combinations of stringed instruments

 

Quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).

   

Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1014  Viola with orchestra, full scores
 M1014.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1015  Viola with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1114  Viola with string orchestra, full scores
 M1114.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1115  Viola with string orchestra, piano reductions

 

   

Studies and methods:

 MT280  General works
 MT282  Systems and methods
 MT285  Studies and exercises: General works
 MT286  Orchestral studies (excerpts)
 MT287  Bowing
 MT288  Positions
 MT289  Chords
 MT290  Harmonics
 MT291  Other techniques
 MT292  Two violas
 MT294  Teaching pieces
 MT295  Instructive editions: Two or more composers
 MT297  Instructive editions: One composer
 MT298  Self-instructors

 

Not all viola music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf. Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.

  

     

Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo viola music: sonatas (viola); suites (viola); variations (viola); etc.; viola music
Viola and piano music: rondos (viola and piano); sonatas (viola and piano); suites (viola and piano); variations (viola and piano); etc.; viola and piano music
Duets:

viola music (violas (2))

violin and viola music; flute and viola music; horn and viola music; etc.

Trios:

string trios [for three bowed instruments]

trios [various combinations of instruments] e.g., trios

(flute, violas (2)), trios (flute, timpani, viola), trios (percussion, violin, viola)

Quartets:

string quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of string instruments]; variations [various combinations of string instruments]; etc.

string quartets [mixed string and woodwind, various combinations];

also suites, variations, etc.

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Viola and Orchestra: concertos (viola)

concertos (viola) — solo with piano

viola with orchestra

rondos (viola with orchestra), etc.

  

    

Classification Numbers for Books about the Viola

 Ref. ML128 .V36  Viola bibliographies
 ML900  General works
 ML901  Construction
 ML905  Music and playing


 

Selected Periodicals

(Current issues available in periodicals on 1st floor)

 Journal of the American Viola Society (1985–)  ML1 .J875
 Die Viola (1979–)  ML5 .V7
 Strings (1986–)  ML1 .S77

 

Selected Internet Resources

 American Viola Society  www.americanviolasociety.org
 Viola Web Site  www.viola.com

 



last updated: 7/26/2013