Reviews

Bartók Viola Concerto Review

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Bartók’s Viola Concerto is an amazing piece and was actually left unfinished by the composer Béla Bartók. Only rough, handwritten scratches of the concerto were found after the composer’s death, but the concerto was eventually completed finished by his close

Top 10 Best Viola Colleges 2017

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College application season is ramping up quickly and we here at Viola Central want to make sure that you know which colleges are the best for viola performance. Choosing the right viola college is an important step that can shape your career forever, so we've compiled a list

Cecilio CVA-400 Viola Review

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Cecilio violas are one of the most well-known beginner viola brands and consistently our #1 rated beginner viola brand. The Cecilio CVA-400 in particular is our recommended viola for new violists because of the quality of the instrument and the value of the traditional outfit. While one

6 Best Viola Mutes

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A viola mute is a small accessory, usually made of rubber, that attaches to the bridge of a viola and "mutes" the viola by dampening the higher notes. This makes the sound much more mellow than usual. Below we'll discuss the best viola mutes you can buy. Mutes are

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Review

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Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev is definitely a piece that should be in every violists repertoire and we highly recommend including it in your next recital. The more romantic scenes take advantage of the full expressive range of the viola

7 Best Viola Brands Review 2017

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This is our 2016 best viola brands rankings. See our new best viola brands rankings updated for 2017. The viola is known for its deep, mellow tone which makes buying the right viola paramount. You need to buy a viola brand that is known for high quality workmanship that

Top 5 Viola Shoulder Rests 2016

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Kun K400C Viola Shoulder Rest - Kun is by far the most common viola and violin shoulder rest brand. A real classic, this should rest boasts collapsible and adjustable feet to limit space taken up in a viola case and fit a wide range of viola sizes.

Romance Oubliée by Franz Liszt

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Romance Oubliee is the only piece written for viola and piano and does a phenomenal job of highlighting the viola's deep, vibrant tones. This is the only Liszt work for piano and viola, apart from the Harold transcription, and the broken chords