Find Repertoire for Viola

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult our Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page or download the Viola Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Viola Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
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

For additional information about Call Numbers/Classification Numbers, please consult this page from Yale University: Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers

Search by Subject

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

WARNING: 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

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

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.

GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
[online] Updated regularly. Western-only.

Grovemusic provides access to the full text of:

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., 29 vols., published in 2001 (25 million words; 29,000 articles), plus the complete text of
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992),
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, 
  • The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1994), 
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013), and
  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014)

The fastest way to find books about viola history is to search the Western Libraries Catalogue using the Subject Viola History.

Recordings of Viola Music