If you really want to explore the tonality ranges of your viola, Romance Oubliee is your piece.
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 theHaroldtranscription, and the broken chords which inform the coda to theRomance oubliéeare quite clearly an act of homage to the marvellous viola writing at the end of the Pilgrims’ March inHarold. Indeed, the whole final section is a later addition to theRomance oubliée, which was a reworking of an earlier pianoRomanceof 1848, itself derived from the songO pourquoi doncof 1843. TheRomance oubliéewas Liszt’s response in 1880 to a request to reprint the earlier piano piece. He prepared it for the viola virtuoso Hermann Ritter, but also made versions (with different piano parts) for violin and for cello, as well as a new piano transcription.