Mendelssohn's viola sonata is one of his many early works which remained
unpublished in his lifetime. The autograph is dated "d. 14 Febr. 1824".
Thus Mendelssohn was 15 years old when he completed the sonata. It
assuredly numbers amongst his most mature early chamber music works. The
key already indicates the seriousness with which the composer set to
work. The first movement is preceded by a short adagio introduction. The
middle movement, a menuetto, retains the key of c minor and not even
the trio with its chorale-like melody lightens the minor mood. The
closing movement is an andante with eight variations. It is a welcome
addition to the scant classical-romantic viola repertoire.
From the author of the popular ABCs of Strings method, Janice Tucker Rhoda's Complete Technique for Viola
suits the advanced beginner to upper level student wishing to learn or
improve their left-hand and right bow-arm skills. Starting in first
position, and proceeding carefully through the higher positions, this
method book uses short studies to demonstrate specific technical ideas.
Bags of Tunes is an irresistible collection of tunes for solo viola, written and arranged by Mary Cohen especially for Beginner Level players. These pieces are gently progressive and all based around the first finger pattern, excellent for consolidation work or for enjoyable sight-reading practice. Songs include Rain, rain, go away!; Hot cross buns; Pop goes the weasel; London Bridge; and many more.
Easy Classics for Viola is part of the Easy
Classics Series, written to provide beginning to early intermediate students
with an enjoyable introduction to classical music. This book features 16
short solos and duets in viola-friendly keys, with accompaniment. All of the
pieces may be played as solos or duets, and the content in this book is
fully compatible with Easy Classics for Violin and Easy Classics for
Cello. Large note format for easy reading.
Contents: Ode to Joy (Beethoven) Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) Adagio (from Clarinet Concerto) (Mozart) Hungarian Dance #5 (Brahms) Emperor Hymn (Haydn) The Trout (Schubert) Theme from "Polovetsian Dances" (Borodin) Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) Radetzky March (Strauss) Cancan (Offenbach) Habanera (Bizet) Toreador Song (Bizet) O Solo Mio (di Capua) William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Developing Virtuosity is a supplemental string teaching
method that reinforces rudimentary skills while addressing many of the National
Standards for Music Education.It
follows the instructional sequence used in most method books for beginning
string players, and augments those books through its extensive offering of
diverse performance pieces.The
material is further supported by full performance and accompaniment CD
accompaniment parts are also included.
Volume 1 - Begins with open strings and basic notation,
rhythms, and bowing skills. New notes, notation, and bowing skills are added in
Volume 2 - Continues the development of playing skills found
in Volume 1 and progresses to more complex rhythms, left-hand finger patterns
and techniques, bowing techniques, and preparation for shifting.
Volume 3 - This volume continues to develop playing skills
found in Volume 2 and advances the student through more rigorous and lengthy
literature. Instrument-specific selections promote performance, reinforcing
shifting skills, more advanced bowing techniques, and complex and
Following the success of the 'Superstart Violin' Mary Cohen has created a brand new Viola edition. 'Superstart Viola'' is full of exciting music and fun activities from the very first lesson to inspire and stimulate pupils and teachers. The accompanying CD provides all the piano accompaniments, with unique cue entries to help beginners get started.
Title: Superstart Viola: The Complete Method, By Cohen, Mary, Published by Faber Music, Item number: 522130
Viola Time Joggers: A First Book of Very Easy Pieces for Viola
A First Book of Very Easy Pieces for Viola
Viola Time is a great series for young viola players. Packed with lively original tunes, well-known pieces, and easy duets, the series is compatible with Fiddle Time and is carefully paced and organized to build confidence every step of the way.
Viola Time Joggers includes:
open string pieces and tunes using the finger pattern 0-1-23-4
well-known and original pieces from rock to calypso
"C string specials"; additional pieces for plenty of practice on the C string
a Music Fact-Finder Page to help explain words and signs
CD with performances of all the pieces for a fun play-along
Piano and Viola accompaniment books also available separately