Here you will find viola ensemble repertoire for duo, trio, quintet, sextet, octet


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Albinoni - Introduction and Allegro

This is a Concerto Grosso for viola ensemble, and fabulous fun to play. There are tutti parts with principal solos, and also two easy parts to make it accessible to a wider range of abilities. 5 mins. E/M/A


J S Bach - Concertante

This is for viola orchestra with four separate solo parts. It's a powerful piece and great to play, with lots of interest in all the parts. 7 mis. M/A


J S Bach - Prelude and Andante for five violas

Cleverly adapted from two of Bach's great choral works, this wonderful piece makes a very pleasing quintet where all the players equally share the interest. 7 mins. M


J S Bach - Prelude for Three Violas

You might know this as the prelude to Bach's fourth cello suite. Who am I to query Bach, and I'm sure he knew exactly what he was doing, but in it's original form it does look rather like keyboard writing, not easy on a stringed instrument? However, in this trio version Sancho has highlighted the fascinating harmony and counterpoint that is hidden within the music. It begins very simply, but gradually things become more complex. 4 mins. M


J S Bach - Sonata for viola trio

This is a substantial four movement sonata: Adagio, Allegro ma non tanto, Andante, Allegro moderato. A lovely piece, displaying Bach's genius for counterpoint, with lots of interest for all the players. mins. M


W F Bach - Fugue in C minor for viola trio

Being the son of the king of fugues gave Wilhelm Friedmann Bach an excellent start. Indeed, this fugue is clearly written in the J S style, but with some significant and personal touches of his own that go to make this a very intriguing and atmospheric piece of music. 4.5 mins. M


W F Bach - Two Sonatas for viola duo

Where music is concerned, W F was most definitely his father's son. But there is also an instinctive spontaneity and vivacity about this music that breaks away form his father's established method. I love them. Presenting two three-movement sonatas in E minor and F minor. 21 mins. M/A


Beethoven - Duo for Two Violas

The young Beethoven was just about to depart his home town of Bonn to seek his fortune in Vienna. As a parting gift he wrote this two-movement duo for his good friend and flautist, Degenhart. Here is our very own viola version: Allegro con Brio, Menuet and Trio.  7 mins. M


Beethoven - Für Elise for viola trio

As well as offering two viola quartet versions of this iconic work (see Our Music Shop), we also have this super version for viola trio. The original piano work was only discovered decades after Beethoven's death. To this day it is not certain who the dedicatee was, but Elise must have been someone special to inspire such a lovely piece. 2.5 mins. M


Beethoven - Symphony No.6 (1st mvt.) for 6 violas

The first movement of the famous and much-loved Pastoral Symphony is like nothing else that ever Beethoven wrote. In a folk style with simple harmonies, and wonderfully subtle use of repetition. Perfectly adapted for viola sextet, with lots of interest in all the parts. 12mins. M


Beethoven - Symphony No.6 (complete)

And now, never before achieved, for those wishing to have the entire Sixth Symphony (all five movements!) in our unique and superb arrangement for viola sextet, fully edited and with lots of interest for all the players: Allegro ma non troppo, Andante molto mosso, Allegro, Allegro, Allegretto. What a bargain! 42 mins. M/A


Beethoven - Three Pieces for viola trio

Beethoven at his most stylish, these will make a very satisfying play: A virtuoso Scherzando Vivace, Minuetto moderato e grazioso, Rondo Allegro. 10 mins. A


Berlioz - Toccata for Viola Trio

I have always loved Belioz' music, it's my kind of quirky. And this piece is no exception. Wonderfully wry and romantic with three equally matched violas. 3 mins. M


Boccherini - Two Viola Trios

Boccherini at his most charming, and delightful to play. Presenting two complete three-movement works for viola trio: 1) Allegro con spirito, Largo assai, Tempo di Minuetto. 2) Allegro, Largo Amoroso, Presto assai. 30 mins. M/A


Charpentier - Suite for Viola Trio

This music has a vitality, power, and brilliance that is hard to describe, yet also completely tangible to the listener and performer alike. You are going to love it. Seven movements. 13 mins. M


Chopin - Fugue for viola duo

A beautifully flowing, somewhat haunting fugue in A minor, where the two players weave slowly around each other. Both parts are equally matched. Very enjoyable to play. 3.5 mins. M


Cooke - Fantasia for three violas

Wonderful harmonies and subtle dialogue within the ensemble. This is a very satisfying piece to play. 3 mins. E


Croft - Six Sonatas for viola duo

William Croft, the early 18th century organist and composer, is best known for his sacred music, but here is a little gem for viola duo. Fully edited with dynamics and bowings, it can either be played directly from the score or from individual parts. 33 mins E/M


Delibes - Viola Trio

A lilting and very charming trio. All the parts are evenly matched. A joy to play. 3 mins. M


Josquin des Pres - La Spagna for five violas

A masterpiece by one of the foremost composers of the 16th century. By using subtle fragments of melody and ingenious counterpoint he has created a truly awesome work that transports the listener on a great sound journey.

Rather than having just one version, you get two. One being fully edited with expression, dynamics, and ornamentation. The other in its simpler original form. How's that for value? 5 mins. E/M


Dufay - Du tout m'estoie - for viola trio

From the 15th century, a flowing and soulful trio ideally suited to a viola ensemble where the interest is shared equally between the players. 2 mins. E


Dvorák - Three Miniatures for viola trio

Three wonderful pieces of mature Dvorak: Cavatina, Capriccio, Romance. Superbly arranged for viola trio with lots of interest for all the players. 9 mins. M/A


Elgar - Two Viola Duos

Having been a symphonic player for many years, I thought I knew Elgar's style quite well. So when I first saw these duos I could hardly believe they were by the same composer. This is Elgar with his whimsical hat on. Full of energy and witty dialogue, you will love playing these little duos. 3 mins. E/M


Engaño - Almain for viola trio

Sancho Engano, our associate composer, has come up with this charming Renaissance-style dance for viola threesome that I know will love. Lots of interest in all the parts. 2.5 mins. M


Engaño - The Gypsy Viola - for viola duo

Originally for viola quartet (see Our Music Shop), Sancho has created this brilliant and virtuoso perpetuum mobile duo - but it's insanely difficult! 3.5 mins. A


Franck - Five Interludes for viola trio

These five short pieces are a joy to play: Andantino, Allegro moderato, Maestoso, Allegretto, Poco allegro. 6.5 mins. M


Gabrieli - Quattro Canzoni for 8 violas

What a glorious sound! Rather than an octet, these Canzoni are for double viola quartet where the two ensembles subtly converse, making spectacular use of antiphony. The first two parts of each group may be played on violin or viola. Fully edited with dynamics and bowings. How's that for value? 12 mins. E/M


Gibbons - Pavan and Galliard for six violas

A viola sextet with lots of interest and dialogue for all the players. 9.5 mins. M


Gibbons - Six Fantasias for viola sextet. Volume 1

This is volume I (Fantasias 1-3) for six violas. The listener is enveloped by a wonderful, glorious, wall of sound with intricate counterpoint and lovely harmonies. Due to the complexities of the part-writing I would recommend recruiting the services of a conductor for these works. 11 mins. M


Gibbons - Six Fantasias for viola sextet. Volume 2

This is volume II (Fantasias 4-6) for six violas. The same - but also very different (if that makes any sense). Each of the six Fantasias is a complete work in its own right. Each with their own nuance and fascinating detail. Never a dull moment, and lots of interest in all the parts. 13 mins. M


Grieg - Solveig's Song for 6 violas

Here is one of Grieg's most enchanting melodies. Taken from the second Peer Gynt Suite, it works perfectly for viola sextet, with every player playing an equal role. Perfect! 4 mins. E/M


Handel - Chaconne for Two Violas

A powerful and virtuoso piece for viola duo, with double-stops that give it the sound of a quartet at times. The two parts are evenly matched. 5 mins. M/A


Handel - Chaconne for viola trio

A brilliant piece of writing, with lots of interest for all the players. 7 mins. M


Handel - Six Viola Duos

A wonderful compilation of expertly arranged virtuoso duos, equally ideal for the viola scholar or performing pro. 15 mins. M


Haydn - Three Viola Trios

A substantial volume; three complete works for viola threesome. You'll have some fun with these. Trio 1: Adagio, Menuet and Trio, Presto. Trio 2: Adagio, Allegro, Menuet and Trio. Trio 3: Allegro, Menuet and Trio, Fuga. 29 mins. M/A


Haydn - Two Divertimenti for Viola Trio

Serene and charming, these two slow movements show Haydn at his most eloquent. Lots of interest in all the parts. 16 mins. M


Holborne - Pavan for viola quintet

A lovely bitter-sweet piece for viola consort, with flowing counterpoint and plenty of interest in all the parts. Only the first part needs to leave 1st position, making it ideal for the viola scholar or amateur. 4 mins. E


Holborne - Ten Pieces for viola quintet

This is a wonderful resource for anyone loving early consort music. The first part can be played either on viola or violin. Perfect for the instrumental scholar. 25 mins. E


Janácek - Two Dances for viola quintet

Looking for something a little bit different? Look no further. These two dances in the Czechoslovakian folk style are a lot of fun, with their repetitive rhythms and wacky harmonies. 5 mins. M


Jenkins - The Newberry Aires for viola trio

The perfect resource for the young viola scholar. John Jenkins was a highly successful musician and composer at the time of the English civil war, whose work was praised by King Charles the First. Here is a selection of Aires, Courants, and Sarabands from his substantial work, "The Newberry Aires". It adapts perfectly for viola trio of any ability. 30 mins. E


Locke - Suite in D for five violas

Matthew Locke (1630-1677), academic and composer to King Charles II, could produce some lovely music. Here he is at his best with this wonderful viola quintet (the first two parts can also be played on violin). Four movements: Fantasie, Coutante, Ayre, Sarabande. 11 mins. E/M


Mendelssohn - Symphony 5 for viola sextet (complete)

Presenting the first movement of Mendelssohn's powerful 5th and final Symphony, known as "The Reformation". Our arrangement for six violas leaves nothing out, possessing all the power, energy, excitement, and virtuosity of the original, but with the added bonus of being for viola ensemble. Unbeatable! 10 mins. M/A


Monteverdi - La Giornata Italiana for six violas

Monteverdi doesn't write tunes. Instead, he teases the listener with little snatches of melody and continual dialogue between the players, resulting in a glorious mêlée of sound. This wonderful and colorful Sinfonia is divided into 8 sections, describing a day in the life of an Italian town. Fabulous! Personally, such is the complexity of the counterpoint, I would recommend a conductor for this work.13 mins. M


Monteverdi - Madrigal for five violas

A lovely flowing piece of music, a beautiful blended sound. 4 mins. E


Monteverdi - Prelude and Allegro for viola trio

A glorious piece of consort writing. A slow-ish Prelude followed by a joyous and uplifting Allegro on a ground. 4.5 mins. E/M


Morley - Two Dances for five violas

Perfect for the scholar. Pavan and Galliard will make an ideal introduction to ensemble playing. It is scored in the traditional style where the first player is generally the upper - but all the parts are interesting. The first 3 parts can also be played on violin (alternative parts and score included). 5 mins. E


Mozart - Lacrymosa for six violas

Surely one of Mozart's most poignant movements, taken from his last great work, the Requiem. 2.5 mins. M/A


Mozart - Three Serenades for viola trio

This substantial volume of three complete trios is written in Mozart's most fluent and elegant style, each one comprising five separate movements: Allegro, Minuet and trio, Adagio, Minuet and trio, Rondo. Delightful to play with lots of interest in all the parts. 60 mins. M


Mozart - Viola Trio in C minor

A powerful single movement, with lots of interest for all the players, the first part is the hardest. 5 mins. A


Novácek - Five Bulgarian Dances for viola ensemble

Perfect for viola orchestra, these five atmospheric dances will be very satisfying to play, with solos in each part. 7 mins. M


Old English Music for viola trio

Presenting a substantial collection of 10 works by English composers of the 17th and 18th century. Lots of interest in all the parts. 27 mins M


Praetorius - Galliard for eight violas

This is a double-viola quartet. Position the two ensembles slightly apart. Lovely counterpoint and dialogue. 5 mins. M


Purcell - Fantasia on one note - for five violas

Okay, I know which part I would like to play: it's the fourth player who gets to play the long C natural from start to finish. This is an amazing piece of writing, not just because of the "one note", but for all the other typically crazy stuff Purcell likes to do with the harmonies. Don't you love it? 4 mins. E/M


Purcell - Three Fantasias for viola trio

Presenting three extraordinary single-movement works with fascinating, rich, harmonies as only Purcell knew how. 9 mins. M


Ravel - Habanera for viola quintet

Originally written as a vocal study, this makes a stunningly sensual and atmospheric short work or viola quintet. 3 mins. M


Rossini - Duo Sonata

A beautiful, charming, brilliant, and substantial work for viola duo in 3 movements, with all the fun, romance, and virtuosity you could wish for. Sumptuous! 17 mins. M


Scarlatti - Three Viola Duos

Three virtuoso duos in Scarlatti's flamboyant style: F major, D minor, F sharp minor. 8 mins. A


Six Early Viola Duos

Ideal for the viola scholar, these six duos will be a most rewarding play: Pierre Certon, Henry Purcell, Charles Buteme, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Johann Schop, and Jean-Baptiste Loeillet. 14 mins. E


Smetana - The Bartered Bride Overture (6 violas)

Presenting this fantastic virtuoso overture in our unique version for viola sextet. Lots of exciting action in all the parts. 7 mins. A


Telemann - Five Sonatas for Viola Duo

Perfect for the viola scholar, as well as a wonderful resource for the teacher. With some of Telemann's finest writing, this substantial volume comprising five complete 4-movement sonatas for viola duo are a joy to explore and play. 47 mins. E/M


Telemann - The Gulliver Suite for viola duo

Shortly after Jonathan Swift's famous novel was published, Telemann created this fabulous five-movement duo. I hardly need mention that it sounds way better as a viola duo than the original two violins.

Two remarkable features: The second movement, with a time signature of 3-over-32, where the longest note is a 32nd, and the third movement, with a time signature of 24-over-1, where the shortest note is a whole-note! Notwithstanding this whimsical musical reflection of the novel, it really is a super piece of music. 7.5 mins. M


Telemann - Suite in G for viola trio

A perfectly charming four-movement suite: Allegretto, Allegro, Grave/Largo, Vivace. Lots of interest for all the players. We love it, and you will too. 9 mins. M


Three Renaissance Pieces - for viola trio

These three lovely pieces by Thomas Morley, Thomas Tallis, and Richard Cooke, are ideal for the viola scholar and will be a joy to play. 8.5 mins. E/M


Tomasini - Viola Trio in G Major

Here is a composer that you don't see a lot of, alas. So it is a rare treat to be able to present this gorgeous trio. It is a buoyant, up-beat, extremely likeable work in three movements: Allegro, Adagio, Allegro molto, where all the players have plenty of melodic interest. 11.5 mins. M


Tomkins - In Nomini for three violas

Very busy parts 1 & 2, with an easy third part. It can also be played using two violins (if you must). 3 mins. M/A


Torelli - Sinfonia for eight violas

Another double-viola quartet: Largo followed by Allegro. Very grand and brilliant writing. Great fun to perform. 8 mins. M/A 


Vivaldi - Three Sonatas for viola trio

Presenting three complete trio sonatas (10 movements in total) containing some of Vivaldi's most brilliant and virtuoso writing with lots of interest for all the players. I really love these. 25 mins. M/A


Wesley - Sonatina for viola trio

Here is a lovely three movement trio in the classical English style, with all the parts playing an equal role. Quite charming. 9 mins. M


Wilbye - Concerto Grosso for viola ensemble

A substantial work in six movements for viola orchestra with solos in all the parts. 15 mins. M


Zipoli - Suite for viola trio

A charming four-movement suite in the French style: Preludio, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga. 12 mins. M/A


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