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Folk Viola Sheet Music Collection Vol. 3

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A collection of 40 traditional folk tunes from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions, arranged for viola and presented in alto clef, with chord symbols for accompanists.

Each tune comes in two versions: a Solo Viola Version, and one or more Session Versions. Both versions of every tune are included in this collection.

The Solo Viola Version is transposed down a fifth from the original key, so that it fits on the viola in the same place under the fingers as it would on a violin (i.e. all in first position). This version is for playing solo, or with accompanists who play the chords.

The Session Versions are are in the original key so that they can be played with other (non-violist) musicians in traditional music sessions, but are arranged to be played in an octave that fits on the viola in first position.

The scores are provided without bowings or grace notes, as these are personal to each player and should be developed independently according to preference.

The tunes in this collection are:

All in a Garden Green

The Bellingham Boat

The Boy in the Boat

The Brown-Sailed Boat

Cam Ye O’er Frae France

Captain O’Kane

Carolan’s Concerto

Carolan’s Welcome

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cup of Tea

Dearest Dicky

Drive the Cold Winter Away

A Fig for a Kiss

The Fox and the Geese

The Geese in the Bog

Green Mountain Petronella

Highland Boat Song

Hunting the Squirrel

I Have Two Yellow Goats

I Rowed Up in a Dory

I Was Born For Sport

Ievan Polka

Jenny Dang the Weaver

The Lady on the Boat

The Longacre

The Maid on the Green

Maids of Castlebar

Mazurka La Pleau

The Merry Sisters



Niel Gow’s Lament for His Second Wife


The Parson’s Farewell

The Pretty Girls of Mayo

The Price of a Pig

The Princess Royal

Scotch Cap

The Twisted Bridge

The Vandals of Hammerwich

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