The instrument nobody loved except Mozart

Mozart couldn't be Worng!

As an infant Mozart cried when he heard violins,but he loved the horn!
Why dont violists play hide and seek? Because no one would look for them.

Whats the difference between a violist and a dog? A dog is able to stop scratching.

These and 10 other snarky comments come from a Classic FM article about the much-maligned middle child of the string section, which hasnt gotten the respect other instruments receive.

Maybe thats because violas often go unheard by audiences. They have special difficulties projecting over a full orchestra, so no top-tier composer ever wrote a solo concerto for them. Hector Berlioz Harold in Italy comes closest; its a symphony with solo viola parts.

But Mozart loved the viola. His Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola remains the most beautiful piece written well, half-written for that instrument. The father-son team of David and Igor Oistrakh made my favorite recording, though Charlotte Symphony Orchestra music director Christopher Warren-Green also did a fine one; he played violin with his London Chamber Orchestra and violist Roger Chase.

Last edited by TatumAH; 03/13/21 01:36 PM.

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