About the Viola

It was not until the early 1800’s that composers began focusing on the deeper tones of the viola and writing music to incorporate their sound. As the demands on the viola increased, a more advanced and mature design was developed to meet them, and by the 19th century the viola as we know it was born.


The viola is unique. Though its shape is reminiscent of the violin, it plays in its own clef, is made in several different sizes, each of which are considered “full size” depending upon the player. The rich, sonorous voice is unmistakably the glue that pulls the orchestra together and gives purpose to musical life.


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