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Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn – Viola Part

Edited by Joseph de Pasquale

Title: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Instrument: Viola
Edited By: Joseph de Pasquale
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 7

The viola part for Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn has been edited by Joseph de Pasquale, a legendary violist who studied and collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, as well as held the position of principal viola in the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. Mr. de Pasquale's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

The origin of this work comes from a theme entitled "Chorale St. Antoni" found in a wind ensemble composition which had an attribution to Joseph Haydn. Brahms based his variations on this theme and credited Haydn accordingly. The initial presentation of the theme is followed by eight variations, each with its own distinctive character, and a finale in the form of a magnificent theme and variations on a ground bass derived from the principal theme. Although many experts agree that the original wind ensemble piece was not actually written by Haydn, Brahms' work (which does quote an actual passage from Haydn) continues to be known by its attributing title.

Download and print the score today to gain access to expertly edited Brahms' Haydn Variations viola fingerings and bowings from Joseph de Pasquale!

Please note: Detailed fingerings have been provided throughout except in variations V-VII.

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