Souza-Cardoso: Parto da viola Bom Ménage (1916)


This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the viola. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

Finding Viola Repertoire


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.













Viola solo

Viola with piano accompaniment 

Duets—two string instruments 

Duets—wind and string instruments 

Concertos with orchestra 

Concertos with orchestra (arranged) 

Concertos with string orchestra 

Concertos with string orchestra (arranged) 


Studies and methods 

Orchestral excerpts 

Studies and methods, children

For trios, quartets and other ensembles, see the Chamber Music guide.


Suggested Subject Headings

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our catalog. For
complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for our catalog

Headings for Subject Catalog

viola music

viola and [cello, horn etc.]

viola with [band, orchestra etc.]

viola music violas 2

sonatas viola

concertos viola

concertos viola solo with piano

string trios; trios 

string quartets; quartets

string quintets; quintets

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

Under “viola”:



          solos with ensembles




 Under “chamber music”: 

          duets: viola

          trios: viola, etc. 


Print resources for viola repertoire

Farish, Margaret. String Music in Print. Philadelphia: Musicdata, 1980. Ref. ML118 .M988
          (1998 Supplement Ref. ML118 .M988 vol.6t 1998)

20th Century Music for Young String Students. Evanston, IL: Plandanco, 1992-.
          Ref. ML132.S7 F228

Hurley, C. Gregory. String Syllabus (Vol. 1). S.l.: American String Teachers Association, 2003.
          Ref. ML132.V4 A5 2003

Jappe, Michael and Dorothea. Viola Bibliographie: Das Repertoire für die historische Bratsche
          von 1649 bis nach 1800; Kommentiertes Thematisches Verzeichnis. Winterthur:
          Amadeus, 1999. Ref ML128.V36 J35 1999

Klugherz, Laura. A Bibliographical Guide to Spanish Music for the Violin and Viola, 1900-
          1997. Westport: Greenwood, 1998. ML128.V4 K66 1998

Letz, Hans. Music for the Violin and Viola. NY: Rinehart, 1948. Ref. ML132 .V79 L65

Littrell, David. String Syllabus: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Ensembles. Bloomington, IN:
          Tichenor, American String Teachers Association, 2000. Ref ML128.S7 A5 2000

Toskey, Burnett R. Concertos for Violin and Viola: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia. Seattle:
          B.R. Toskey, 1983. Ref. ML128 .V4 T7 1983 

Weaver, Michael Alan. Works for the Viola by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composers: An Annotated
          Bibliography. Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, 2006. Ref. ML128.V36 W363 2006 

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Viola Music. Magnolia, AR: Music Register, 1976-79.
          Ref. ML128 .V36 W685I 

Williams, Michael D. Music for Viola. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, no. 42. Detroit:
          Information Coordinators, 1979. Ref. ML128 .V36 W725 

Zeyringer, Franz. Literatur für Viola. Hartberg: Schonwetter, 1963-85. Ref. ML128 .V36 Z6
          1985 (also here)


Online resources for viola repertoire


Zeyringer Literatur für Viola


In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the viola

Grove Music Online:

David D. Boyden and Ann M. Woodward. “Viola.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 7, 2014,



Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog





Viola bibliographies

Books about the viola

Studies and methods

Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the viola

Berman, Joel, et al. Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms. 4th ed. [Bloomington]: American
          String Teachers Association, 1999. Ref. ML108.B516 D5 1999

Pounds, Dwight R. The American Viola Society: A History and Reference. Provo, UT: American
          Viola Society, 1995. Ref. ML128 .V36 P876 1995 

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. 2 vol. [Ann Arbor: Braun-Brumfield], 1980-1991. 
          ML900.R573 H6 




American Lutherie ML1.G954 A5
American String Teacher 
ML1 .A512S
Galpin Society Journal ML5 .G178
American Suzuki Journal  MT262 .A512
Instrumentalist  ML1 .I59
International Musician  Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832
Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America  ML1 .V7
Das Orchester  ML5 .O63
Performance Practice Review  ML430.5 .P438 or here
Strad  ML5 .S895
Strings  ML750 .S91
Violexchange ML756 .V79
American Viola Society Newsletter  ML900 .N558
Journal of the American Viola Society ML900 .N559
Die Viola ML900 .V795

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).


Internet Resources

American Viola Society
Canadian Viola Society
International Viola Society
Zeyringer Literatur für Viola



Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95; Rev. 7/97. Rev. 6/99, 9/03, 2/04, 9/04, 9/08 by Jim Farrington; Rev. 11/03 by R. McCallum; Rev. 1/14 by Jeff Weeks