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Welcome to the Viola Guild. Strictly dedicated to this elegant instrument, we strive to promote discussion about common misconceptions, pieces of music, among other topics relating to the viola.

The viola plays an important role in chamber music. Mozart succeeded in liberating the viola somewhat when he wrote his six string quintets, which are widely considered to include some of his greatest works. The quintets use two violas, which frees the instrument (especially the first viola) for solo passages and increases the variety and richness of the ensemble. Mozart also wrote for the viola in his Sinfonia Concertante in which the two solo instruments, viola and violin, are equally important. Another important contribution was a set of two duets for violin and viola, as well as his Kegelstatt Trio for viola, clarinet, and piano.

In the earlier part of the 20th century, more composers began to write for the viola, encouraged by the emergence of specialized soloists such as Lionel Tertis. The viola has been the "Cinderella" of the string family until the last century, before Lionel Tertis came to its rescue.

To be concise, it is a beautiful instrument.

Please join if you are interested in becoming a violist, already are, or simply admire the music of this instrument. There is no longer an entry fee. The shared love of an instrument should never come at a cost. Enjoy! <3


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