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    Schumann - Märchenbilder
    Beautiful music reflects a beautiful Savior.

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    Beethoven's Notturno for Viola and Piano. Actually a transcription of a piano trio though, not an original viola work.

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    There are some solo viola pieces by violist/composer Paul Groh on his CD Extreme Viola You can contact Paul Groh directly to get a copy of the CD

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    Nobody's mentioned Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 364? Mozart probably played the viola part with daddy on the violin.

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    Stravinsky : Elegy for Viola





    Andrea: "Unglücklich das Land, das keine Helden hat!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    For viola music, there's the practically unknown suite for viola and orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams.



    This recording is the first and last movements by the way.
    I know this is an old thread, but you werent kidding when you said this piece was unknown. Any idea of where to find it?

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    Norgard, Ligeti, and Hovhaness have all written fantastic pieces for solo viola.
    "I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people; completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications; direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural."

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    Harold in Italy, Berlioz.
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    I'm not sure if I mentioned these already, but Brahms wrote two gorgeous songs for mezzo soprano, viola and piano.
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    I want to hear some of violadude's compositions.

    Grisey's Prologue is probably the best solo viola piece there is, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanb View Post
    I want to hear some of violadude's compositions.

    Grisey's Prologue is probably the best solo viola piece there is, though
    Yes! Good call. Tristan Murail's C'est un jardin secret, also
    "I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people; completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications; direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural."

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    Here is teh Grisey piece:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX8f...9q5J1en5YwrMTz

    Just wow.
    "I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people; completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications; direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural."

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