Find Repertoire for Viola

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult our Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page.

Check out the latest version of the VIOLA HANDOUT in PDF!

Subject SearchingEnsemblesRepertoirePeriodicalsHistoryRecordings

Browse the Shelves for Viola Music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are: 

M 45 - 49 (viola alone, i.e. with no accompaniment) 

M 224 - 228 (viola with piano or continuo) 

M 1014 (viola with full orchestra, concertos, etc.) 
M 1015 (viola with full orchestra - reduced for piano

M 1114 (viola with string orchestra, concertos, etc.) 
M 1115 (viola with string orchestra - reduced for piano

MT 280 - 298 (studies, methods, and techniques for viola) 
MT 286          (orchestra studies) 

Search by Subject (Library of Congress)

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search.   Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers
SONATAS (viola and.....)

SUITES (viola and....)

CONCERTOS viola...

  Other useful Subject Headings are:

VIOLA - instruction...

VIOLA -- studies...


If, for example, you use the Subject "viola music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only! 

Most music will be found under the Subject Heading for a specific genre

Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching, but not vice-versa!

Ensembles Using the Viola

Consult section on String Ensembles

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

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Viola Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the viola may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for viola music in the SMRC is MUS 4045

Periodicals for Violists


Early Music

American String Teacher

Orchestra Canada -- becomes OC News (1998)

International Musician - the A.F. of M publication

Historical Performance -- becomes Early Music America

History of the Viola and Viola Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians  Ref ML 100.G8 2001-on the Dictionary Table]  Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the viola and members of the violin family and the viola repertory.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] Updated regularly. UWO-ONLY --   Provides access to the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed. 

The fastest way to find the Music Library's books about viola history, is to search the Western Libraries Catalogue, using this Subject: 

viola - history

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Recordings of Viola Music


Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music Student/Faculty/Guest Artist Recitals

Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
Music Library - Western University
Last updated: 2016-02