Compared to the violin, say, the viola does not need to act the ‘show-off’ to impress the crowds. We have no need for such frippery.
What am I saying? Oh, alright, I admit it, we do like to dazzle the audience with some fancy finger-work from time to time.
So, just for the fun of it, here is Felix Mendelssohn; something of a violist himself amongst his many talents, with this crazy and highly entertaining little show-piece.
You get 2 versions: The first has all the fancy stuff in the 1st part, and the second version shares it around, so we all get a chance to shine, and with some fun dialogue thrown in. Oh Yeah! 3 mins. E/M/A