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The orchestral instruments: The violas

Discover the viola! It's the bigger cousin of the violin, with a warm and soft sound. And it can play both funny – and scary – music!

The viola is also called bratsch – a loved one has many names. It is an instrument that often is heard in the middle of the orchestra’s sound: below the melody, but above the base. As the most delicious filling in a cake! 

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Gustav Mahler from Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”, arr Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • Johannes Brahms from Symphony No. 4, Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • William Brade from Paduana, arr Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • Dmitry Shostakovich “Angry” from Symphony No. 10, arr Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • Henry Purcell “Sad” from Fantasia No. 7, arr Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • Scott Joplin “Happy” from The Enertainer, arr Grop Mikael Sjögren
  • Grop Mikael Sjögren/Christopher Öhman “Scared”, improvisation
  • Participants

  • The viola section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 5 minutes long.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.