. This volume of Unaccompanied Viola music contains folk music from around the world. This volume contains 24 folk songs from countries like America, Great Britain, Italy, Germany and many others. Each song begins with a theme and uses extended variations (two pages each).
The reason for these books is twofold: 1) to provide interesting and challenging arrangements of popular folk tunes for violists to enjoy themselves and 2) provide violists with arrangements to perform at various performing or concert venues. The arrangements are somewhat demanding but provide variations that should keep audiences involved as the melodies evolve. Since having a piano or guitar accompaniment to perform with it is not always feasible, these arrangements are designed to provide their own harmony throughout the song.
The accompaniments I have arranged for these songs are all in keeping with standard viola practice handed down since the 17th century. Each song is arranged as a theme and variations, beginning with the melody harmonized with double-stops or left hand pizzicato, and progressing into more developed adaptations of the theme. The arrangements stay primarily in the first three positions with occasional natural and artificial harmonics and higher position work.
Digital (PDF) files of each song of this edition are available upon special request. The cost is $1,25 per song. Please use the Contact Form for this order.