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Selected Viola Books in the Allen Library

Lillian Fuchs

A study with insights into Fuchs's life as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, and chamber music coach who influenced countless musicians.

Notes for Violists

History and analysis to aid professionals, amateurs, and students gain a more complete understanding of 35 of the best-known pieces for viola.

Speed-Reading for Viola

Drill in all possible finger patterns including half steps, whole steps, augmented seconds, and brief repetitions to improve mental focus, physical eye focus, and quick fingers.

Becoming an Orchestral Musician

How to succeed in joining and surviving in an orchestra or ensemble. Includes sections on auditioning, conductors, performing philosophies, the highs and lows of performing, and more.

The String Instrument Owner's Handbook

A roadmap for every step of the owning process from selecting and buying (or renting) to maintaining, repairing, modifying, upgrading, and reselling your instrument.

Lionel Tertis

The first full-length biography of Tertis, "the father of the modern viola," and arguably the greatest viola player of all time.

String Quartets

An annotated bibliography of sources about the string quartet, including general references, histories, composers, performance, facsimiles and critical editions, and more.

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