This month, Evie, Inez, and Lily talk online with Jason, who plays the viola as his job. Jason Bunn works for Orchestra Victoria and started playing as a young child. He plays in orchestras as well as in folk and rock and roll bands. He talks to the girls about the differences between violas, violins, and cellos. He even plays some pieces for the girls! Did you know that Jake in Adventure Time plays the viola? It’s a pretty fabulous and flexible instrument. Jason talks about playing the viola with a bow and plucking the strings to get different sounds from the instrument.
Although the viola has been around since the 16th century, it was never really had music written for it. J.S Bach was one of the first composers to write music for the viola. Bach himself, loved playing the viola and the piece was called the Brandenberg Concerto No. 6 where two violas played the leading role.
Bach Society. (2020). Revenge of the Viola. Retrieved from https://www.bachvereniging.nl/en/bwv/bwv-1051/
Kufchack, M. (2014). JS Bach’s Influence on the Viola throughout the Baroque Era. Retrieved from http://studio.americanviolasociety.org/studio2/2014/02/18/js-bachs-influence-on-the-viola-throughout-the-baroque-era/