In the library catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield music, books, and ebooks concerning the viola (this is not a complete list).
Remember to use the options on the left side of the results page to refine your search by format or other parameter(s): Music Score, Music Recording, Subject (viola and piano music, string quartets), etc.:
in Subject: string ensembles
in Subject: string quartets
in Subject: viola (books)
in Subject: viola -- instruction and study
in Subject: viola -- orchestral excerpts
in Subject: viola and piano music
in Subject: viola concertos
in Subject: viola music (2 violas)
in Subject: viola sonatas
in Subject: viola suites
in Subject: viola with chamber orchestra
If you find a piece you want in the catalog, click on the Subjects tab in the record to see similar works.
A complete list of subject headings can be found in Music Subject Headings, which is bound in red and kept on the index table in the Reference Room. Viola subject headings begin on page 564.
Because printed music and books are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.
If you're looking for viola music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):
By Library of Congress Call Number:
|M46, M47||music for solo viola|
|M226||music for viola and piano|
|M451, M452||string quartets|
|M1014, M1015||concertos for viola and orchestra|
concertos for viola and string orchestra
|ML||Literature (books) on Music|
|Ref. ML128.C4||bibliographies of chamber music|
|Ref. ML128.V36||bibliographies of viola music|
books about the viola and its history
|MT||Music instruction and study|
viola instruction and study