Theodore Richter

A close-up of an early viola
Sadly, nothing is known about the composer of this piece.


March for Six Violas

Brian stumbled upon this piece while working in the Conservatory Library in Brussels: it dates from 1854 and is a real joy to play.
The music may seem a little cheesy, but it's an extremely effective way of showing that the viola isn't a joke!
Click here to see the first page of the score.

Edited by Brian Clark.
Scoring: 6 violas [!]

March for Six Clarinets

This is a simple arrangement for woodwind of the above march.
I replaced all the repeating patterns in the original with rolling arpeggio figures and trills, which are more idiomatic.
It's surprising how effective the work can be in the right room.
Edited by Brian Clark.
Scoring: 6 clarinets.