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Viola Sheet Music- Find The Best One for You

As a viola player, finding the right sheet music for your skill level and musical interests can be a challenge. Whether you are just starting or have been playing for years, having access to a wide range of sheet music is essential for improving your technique and expanding your repertoire. You have to learn to play the viola by practicing many types of music. In this article, we will explore the different types of viola sheet music available, as well as some tips for finding the best music for your needs.

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There are several types of viola sheet music to choose from. It depends on your skill level and musical preferences. Here are a few examples:

Beginner Sheet Music

If you are just starting on the viola, you will likely want to begin with sheet music that is tailored to your skill level. Beginner sheet music is generally easier to read and play. with simple melodies and fewer technical challenges, it’s easy to learn. Here are some of the best books for beginners

  • Stamitz, C. Concerto for Viola and Piano
  • Gabrieli, Giovanni – Sonata in C Major 
  • The Viola Fun Book for Young Students
  • Suzuki Viola School – Volume A
  • 101 Christmas Songs for Viola
  • 101 Popular Songs for Viola
  • Sassmannshaus, Kurt – Early Start on the Viola Book 2
  • Suzuki Viola School – Volume 1
  • Suzuki Viola School – Volume 2
  • Fifty Famous Classical Themes for Viola
  • The American Fiddle Method for Viola
  • Easy Viola Duets

Intermediate Sheet Music

As you progress in your viola playing, you may want to start exploring more challenging sheet music. Intermediate sheet music is typically more complex. Just with more intricate melodies and technical demands.

  • Telemann, Viola Concerto (Konzert fur Viola, Streicher und Basso continuo)
  • Vivaldi, Spring from The Four Seasons
  • Bach, Bourree from Cello Suite no. 3
  • Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Op. 20 Waltz
  • Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre
  • Bach, Gavotte from Violin Partita No. 3
  • Mozart, Duetto from Sonata in C Major, K. 529
  • Beethoven, Minuet from String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
  • Dvorak, Largo from Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
  • Elgar, Salut d’Amour
  • Faure, Sicilienne
  • Grieg, Holberg Suite, Op. 40
  • Handel, Sarabande from Suite No. 1 in D Major, HWV 341
  • Haydn, Andante from String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33, No. 3
  • Mendelssohn, Song Without Words, Op. 62, No. 6
  • Rachmaninoff, Vocalise
  • Schubert, Ave Maria
  • Schumann, Traumerei
  • Tchaikovsky, Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Advanced Sheet Music

Advanced sheet music is designed for experienced viola players. The advance sheets are for those who have mastered the technical skills required to play more difficult pieces. These pieces often require a high level of proficiency and may be more challenging to sight-read. Some of the Most Popular Sheet Music for Advanced Players-

  • Meditation from Thais
  • The Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Prelude No.1 from 48 Preludes and Fugues
  • Tango Habanera
  • Waltz Op. 70 No. 1
  • Aria from Goldberg Variations
  • Turkish March (full version)
  • Concerto in A Minor 3rd mvt
  • Sicilienne Op. 78
  • Asturias (Leyenda)
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3, 1st Movement, BWV 1048
  • Prelude from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Scheherazade – First movement (complete)

Solo Sheet Music

Solo sheet music is designed for viola players who want to perform a piece on their own. This type of music can be challenging. It requires you to carry the melody and create harmony all on your own.

  • Rebecca Clarke – Sonata for Viola and Piano
  • Paul Hindemith – Der Schwanendreher
  • Max Reger – Suite No. 1 in G minor for Solo Viola, Op. 131d
  • Bela Bartok – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (viola solo version)
  • Krzysztof Penderecki – Cadenza for Solo Viola
  • Luciano Berio – Sequenza VI for Viola
  • György Ligeti – Sonata for Viola Solo
  • Sofia Gubaidulina – Sonata for Viola Solo
  • Alfred Schnittke – Sonata for Viola Solo

Chamber Music Sheet

Chamber music is written for a small ensemble of musicians, typically no more than ten players. This type of sheet music is typically more complex than solo music. It requires coordination and collaboration with other musicians.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartets (various, notably Op. 18 No. 4, Op. 59 No. 1)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartets (e.g., “The Hunt,” “Dissonance”)
  • Johannes Brahms – String Quartets (Op. 51, Op. 67)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartets (e.g., No. 8, No. 10)
  • Antonín Dvořák – String Quartets (Op. 51, Op. 96 “American”)
  • Robert Schumann – Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
  • Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478
  • Franz Schubert – Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout Quintet”
  • Johannes Brahms – Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quintets (e.g., K. 515, K. 516)
  • Johannes Brahms – String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Viola Sheet Music for Christmas

This list of music is for Christmas. This is the day to make an impression with your instrument and these songs.

  • 101 Christmas Songs for Viola
  • The First Noel
  • Silent Night
  • O Christmas Tree
  • Joy To The World
  • Jingle Bells
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear with fingerings
  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Hark The Herald Angels Sing
  • Away In A Manger
  • Deck The Halls

Newest Sheet Music for Viola

Here is a list of some newest music you can try on viola

  • Can Can
  • And I Love Her
  • Harry Potter Hedwig’s Theme
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Row Row Row Your Boat
  • Star Wars Theme
  • Amazing Grace
  • Temptation Sensation
  • Time To Say Goodbye
  • Fools Who Dream
  • The West Wing Theme
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • The Rainbow Connection
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • The Godfather Theme
  • Despacito
  • The Gael from The Last of Mohicans
  • Hallelujah
  • Nearer, My God, To Thee
  • Korobeiniki (Tetris Theme)
  • Braveheart
  • Sound of Silence
  • Concerning Hobbits
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Sommarpolska Viola
  • Love Story by Francis Lai
  • Tom Petty’s, Free Fallin’
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Addams Family
  • Annie’s Song
  • Stand By Me
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • Song From a Secret Garden
  • Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
  • Master and Commander Etude – 5th down for VLA
  • Master and Commander Duet for VLA – 5th down
  • Game of Thrones Theme
  • Something Stupid

How To Find The Best Piece

Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of viola sheet music available. Here are a few tips for finding the best music for your needs:

  • Determine your skill level: Before you start looking for sheet music, it’s important to determine your skill level. This will help you find appropriately challenging music, without being too frustrating.
  • Explore different genres: Don’t be afraid to try out different genres of music. Even if they are outside of your comfort zone. Exploring new genres can help you improve your skills and discover new musical interests.
  • Check out online resources: Many online resources offer a wide range of viola sheet music. This includes websites, blogs, and forums. These resources can be a great way to find new music and connect with other viola players.
  • Consider hiring a private teacher: If you are having difficulty learning a piece, consider hiring a private teacher. A private teacher can provide personalized instruction and guidance to help you improve. A teacher can improve your skills and reach your musical goals.


Finding the right viola sheet music is an important part of improving your skills. It’ll expand your repertoire as a viola player. Always practice different types of sheet music. We hope that you have already found the next piece you wanna play. Best of luck with your viola.

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