This is a guide designed to help you locate information and materials related to the viola. It is not a complete bibliography, but rather indicates key resources and types of materials that may be useful when seeking information in this area. It can act as a starting point for your research and as a reference point that you can revisit in the future. Across the top are tabs to direct you to information regarding book, score, audio and video recording, article, periodical and other online resources for the viola.
All listed items are available in the Music Library. Consult Mirlyn for complete holdings information and availability of materials. If you need assistance, a music librarian will be happy to help you. Also, if you have recommendations for other resources on the viola that are not owned by the Music Library, please let us know.
Call Number Areas
Below are some selected call number ranges where viola materials may be located. You can browse the shelves or consult Mirlyn for a more specific listing of materials by call number.
|M 45-49||Solo viola music|
|M 224-228||Viola and piano music|
|M 286-287||Duets: two string instruments (not all items include viola)|
|M 290-291||Duets: wind and string instrument (not all items include viola)|
|M 1014||Viola with orchestra (full scores)|
|M 1015||Viola with orchestra (piano reductions)|
|M 1114||Viola with string orchestra (full scores)|
|M 1115||Viola with string orchestra (piano reductions)|
|ML 900-905||Viola history and criticism|
|Viola instruction and study|
|MT 286||Orchestral excerpts|
|Z 6814 .V3||Viola bibliographies|
To search by call number in Mirlyn, select "Call number starts with" in the pull-down menu below the search field and enter the beginning of a call number (ex., M 320).
To browse by call number, go to Mirlyn Classic, click Browse in the top toolbar, choose "Call number begins with..." in the "Select index to browse" pull-down menu next to the search field and enter the beginning of a call number.
Below are some examples of subject headings related to the viola which may be useful when searching or browsing in Mirlyn.
To search subject headings in Mirlyn, begin by selecting Subject in the pull-down menu below the search field and then entering any one of the headings in the list below into the search field. Use quotes around phrases for more precise results.
To browse a list of subject headings, go to Mirlyn Classic, click Browse in the top toolbar, choose "Subject begins with..." in the "Select index to browse" pull-down menu next to the search field and enter any one of the headings in the list below into the search field.
Books and Periodicals
- "Viola -- Instruction and study"
- "Viola -- History"
- "Viola music -- Bibliography"
- "Viola -- Periodicals"
Scores, Recordings and Videorecordings
- "Viola music" (solo viola music)
- "Viola music (Violas (2))" (music for 2 violas)
- "Viola and piano music"
- "Viola with orchestra"
- "Viola with string orchestra"
- "Concertos (Viola)"
- "Concertos (Viola with string orchestra)"
- "Sonatas (Viola)"
- "Sonatas (Viola and piano)"
- "Suites (Viola)"
- "Viola -- Orchestral excerpts"
- "Viola -- Studies and exercises"
- "Viola -- Methods"
For chamber ensemble music, you can use "String trios" (or string quartets, etc.) to browse items with all string instrumentation and use "Trios" (or quartets, etc.) to browse items with mixed instrumentation (ex., wind and strings). Please note that these terms are only starting points which will lead you to more specific subject headings connected to items that include viola within their instrumentation.
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