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    Viola

    From all orchestral instruments, I love first the Viola. The sound of this instrument, for me it is awesome!

    I do not know why... .

    Have you an idea, why it in such a way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by germancomponist
    Have you an idea, why it in such a way?
    Richer than the violin but less lugubrious than the cello?

    The mystique of the alto clef?

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    Re: Viola

    A Viola is a violin who speaks with a French accent.

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    A violin is a viola that's gone through the laundry.
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    Re: Viola

    I wish I could remember which piece it was...

    It seems to me J. S. Bach wrote at least one movement of one of his suites using only violas, cellos and basses for the strings. I remember it as sounding very rich, but for the life of me don't remember which one it was. Perhaps another forum member does?

    There is also the rarest of pieces, a Sinfonia Concertante by Dittersdorf for solo viola, solo double-bass, and orchestra. Who needs those solo violins and cellos?

    Have to also admit a real fondness for viola.

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    i'm not going to lie - i don't like the viola at all. it might just be that i never heard it played in a great piece. it might just be that i heard it played in a great piece, but i thought it was a cello or a violin.

    i'm not trying to dislike it or anything, i just don't know any better. i always thought that a viola started midway through the cellos range and it ended at the exact same note, and thats probably what made me dislike it - i always thought it was a little useless. if anyone knows a tune i should listen to i would love for you to let me know so i can experience the unloved intrument of the orchestra in all its glory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by germancomponist

    Have you an idea, why it in such a way?
    No, but I'm sure there's medication available.

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    I'm with Keith,
    I have really never liked the sound of a viola by itself either.

    However, the quality of richness that it brings to the high strings in an orchestra is not possible with any other instrument, so we have to like it.

    I understand what Keith is saying though, it is not an instrument that I would want to hear solo.

    Like many instruments in the orchestra, many are not good by themselves, but the importance of those instruments to create the texture of sound,,,, well,,,, it just wouldn't sound as good without them.

    I am proud of Keith for being bold, and saying what he thinks.
    I would not have said what I did if it weren't for Keith's post.
    So thanks Keith!
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    I think it because the viola has an other world quality to its voice. It is like a violin on steroids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noldar12
    It seems to me J. S. Bach wrote at least one movement of one of his suites using only violas, cellos and basses
    Maybe Brandenburg 6?
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