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Scales and etudes are considered essential steps in developing an advanced technique on any instrument. The viola, as a member of the string family, was not nearly as popular or recognized as the violin or cello before the twentieth century. It is the same situation with the viola’s repertory and etudes: there are many pieces transposed from the cello or clarinet, for example, and many etudes are borrowed from the violin. However, even though the viola has a similar shape and playing posture to the violin, they are still different instruments with a significantly different technique. Violists should therefore avoid the reliance on etudes transposed from another instrument. They should instead become familiar with more works that were originally composed for the viola. Friedrich Hermann’s (1828–1907) Concert Studies for Viola, Op. 18 is an example of a collection that was written for this instrument specifically. Unfortunately, this body of work is not widely played outside of Europe. In this document, I will introduce Friedrich Hermann and his works, especially analyzing in particular the six pieces he wrote within his Concert Studies for Viola, Op. 18. It is the intent of this document to help violists learn more about etudes written specifically for their instrument, thus expanding the available repertoire and ultimately advancing viola pedagogy.
Etude; Hermann; Repertoire
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Zhao, Yuxin, "The Bridge from Etude to Repertoire: Hermann Six Concert Studies, Op. 18" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4228.
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