Viola Spaces

Eight concert studies for viola by Garth Knox

Interpreters of classical music can study technical exercises (scales, arpeggios, finger exercises, etc.) confident in the knowledge that these patterns will be useful in playing classical pieces. Due to the extreme diversity of styles in new music today, it is now more often a case of constructing a new technique to reply to the demands of a new piece. There are however recurring techniques which can be studied, among these the so-called “extended techniques” (usually meaning classical techniques taken a little further). I had the idea to write a series of pieces which explore these techniques.
Each piece (or « space ») concentrates on one specific technique, and exists in a solo version, and in a duo or trio version, the other viola parts using the same techniques, but in a simpler way. In this way, a player can learn the technique on the simpler part, then progress to playing the solo part himself.
“Viola Spaces” is dedicated to Nobuko Imai and the team of the Viola Space festival in Tokyo.

Viola Space n° 1 — Beside the bridge

(sul ponticello)

Viola Space n°1
How To Play n°1
Viola Spaces n°1 Duo

Viola Space n° 2 — Ghosts

(sul tasto)

Viola Spaces n° 2 Ghosts
How to play 2
Duo 2

Viola Space n° 3 — One Finger


Viola Spaces n°3
How to Play 3
Duo 3

Viola Space n° 4 — Nine Fingers


Viola Spaces n° 4
How to Play n°4
Duo 4

Viola Space n° 5 — Rapid Repeat

Viola Spaces n°5
How to Play n°5
Duo 5

Viola Space n° 6 — Harmonic Horizon

Viola Spaces n°6
How to Play n°6
Duo 6

Viola Space n° 7 — In Between

Viola Spaces n°7
How to Play n°7
Duo 7

Viola Space n° 8 — Up, down, sideways, round

(bow directions)

Viola Spaces n°8
How to Play n°8
Duo 8

Partitions Viola Spaces

The solo studies
Two violas studies

Partitions available from Schott Music

Volume I, The Solo Studies
Volume II, Viola Studies for Two
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