The Viola first appeared in/around Cremona, Italy about 500 years ago. This gift to mankind was the creation of the God of the Viola, Cremonus.

Cremonus-pleasing transcriptions

“And thou shalt take music from instruments that are not worthy and transcribe it for My holy viola”
-Book of Cremonus (18:5)

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for TWO VIOLAS!

Download the recording! Sheet music for the Symphonic Masterworks….you can play it too!!
Big Gig Book for Two Violas ( or violin/viola or if you must….  two violins ).

Sheet music for the Gig Books.

Click here to read about the Slapin-Solomon DuoBIG BACH PROJECT (Complete viola recordings of all solo Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites)

Click here for virtuoso viola music: FINGERBOARD LESS TRAVELED (Two volumes of re-released recordings of solo works by Bach, Paganini, and Ernst)

Five albums of original violacentric recital music

Click here for the recordings of all five albums:
1. Reflection
2. All Viola, All the Time
3. Violacentrism: The Opera
4. Violacentric Sonatas
5. A Fifth of Slapin: All You Need is Viola (or Two)

Sheet music available for albums 1 & 2  here and for albums 3-5, here.

Wait! There’s even more music in praise of Cremonus:

"HAIL, CREMONUS”, a recording by the Penn State Viola Ensemble….COMING SOON!

Sheet Music for Hail, Cremonus

Scores and Parts for Cremonus’ Revenge: A 3-mvt concerto for 2 or 8 solo violas and full orchestra

Violacentric Merchandise 
(coffee & beer mugs, t-shirts, etc.)
Purchase Here!

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Drawing of Cremonus by Simcha Levi Labuschagne

The Religion

Violacentrics practice their religion through the daily practice of scales, arpeggios, etudes, and a rich repertoire of concert works. We also steal music from the repertoires of other instruments that are not worthy. This pleases Cremonus greatly. Traditionally one played the violin until one was mature enough to switch to Viola. (It should be noted that most violin players don't achieve such a high realm of holiness and remain in sonic purgatory.)

Violacentrism has holidays just as other religions do. In December one often has a Cremonusmas Tree with many strings of lights and Viola ornaments hanging off of the branches. Others celebrate the Festival of Electric Lights with an electric Cremonus Candelabra with Alto Flames at the top, which are lit on eight consecutive nights commemorating Thomas Edison's revolutionary design allowing Violacentrics everywhere to perform more easily at night with standlights. (There are also more local celebrations including the exotic Alto, Asparagus, and Ale Festival, celebrated in the Spring with local ale and asparagus from Hadley, Massachusetts.)

Violacentrics recognize some value in the violin, (violino is Italian for 'little Viola'), as well as in the violoncello (Italian for 'little violone', which is Italian for 'big Viola'), however both are somewhat squeaky/grumbly, distorted imitations of the original.

Many famous composers (Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Haydn, Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Millhaud, Monteverdi, Mozart, Paganini, Schubert, Vaughan-Williams) were Violacentrics. It is likely there were even more, but Violacentrics have suffered much persecution over the centuries. Crypto-Violacentrics likely practiced their Violas privately at home or in private chamber music parties with their other co-religionists in hiding. Even today demeaning viola jokes are recited openly, out of jealousy and perhaps mental disease.

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A typical example of a 21st century Cremonusmas Tree. For further browsing:

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