History of the Viola's Role in Part-Writing for Chamber Music
November 1, 2009
Mini-Research Paper #2
History of the Viola’s Role in Part-Writing for Chamber Music
There is considerable debate amongst scholars as to whether the birth of the viola preceded or succeeded that of the violin. However, iconographic and documentary evidence indicate that the violin, viola, and cello most likely evolved together as a family of instruments very early in the sixteenth century and almost certainly in northern Italy.
Part-writing for the viola in chamber music has changed dramatically over time. By the end of the seventeenth century, while the violin had remained popular in chamber music, the viola was very much neglected. It was not until the end of the eighteenth …show more content…
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