Free viola sheet music

PDF music scores for viola

Thanks for visiting my pages with easy viola solos! I have just started this page and will continue to upload easy solos, Christmas melodies and viola and piano arrangements. All these music scores are my arrangements of public domain melodies and you can use them freely without any obligations. The viola music scores are uploaded in PDF format which will give you high quality printouts!

Free easy viola sheet music

This page offers you easy viola solo arrangements of popular melodies including Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, America The Beautiful, Happy Birthday To You, The Star-Spangled Banner and more. All melodies can be downloaded and printed in high quality PDF format!

Free Christmas viola sheet music

Here you can download and print out popular Christmas carols arranged for easy violin. The printable PDF violin scores include Angels We Have Heard On High, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Joy To The World and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Many Famous Composers Have One Thing in Common - They All Played Viola

By Monica Cuneo

Yes, composers of such calibre as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Hindemith, Mendelssohn loved the viola and played it. Also several famous violin players including the most famous violin player, Nicolo Paganini, played the viola and still today several famous violin players show their appreciation for the viola by playing it.

It's just that, until the 20th century, it wasn't fashionable to be a full time viola soloist, and we also have to say that playing the viola is more physically exacting than the little brother violin. The violin could more easily enable the performer to show off his fireworks, so why bother? Many virtuosos recognized her beauty, though, and played it occasionally and even wrote works for it.

There were two notable exceptions, between mid 18th century and mid 19th century, two composers who in their time were known as viola virtuosos: the Bohemian Carl Stamitz, one of the first travelling virtuoso performers, and the Italian Alessandro Rolla, also conductor at La Scala opera house in Milan for over thirty years.

Bach loved to play viola in groups, to be in the middle of harmony. Beethoven played viola for about three years in the two orchestras in Bonn. Mozart played viola in his Kegelstatt Trio with his piano pupil and his clarinet player and friend Anton Stadler. Dvorak was a professional viola player in Prague for about fourteen years in the Opera house orchestra and others.

Hindemith was a concert viola player and composed many viola works. Paganini was the origin of Berlioz's Harold in Italy, for viola and orchestra and Paganini himself wrote a virtuoso viola composition that he premiered in London. There is much more music for viola than most people think, and this beautiful mellow toned instrument will be a discovery for you!

Monica Cuneo
Viola Player, translator of Kato Havas books into Italian, author of a website about the viola included by the Encyclopedia Britannica in their list of recommended External Web Sites. She is also an enthusiastic teacher of the New Approach by Kato Havas -