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The viola is used in most of the ensemble music of the Classical Era.  This era is roughly defined as 1750 to 1825.  The most famous composers from this time period are Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.  During the Classical Era, Mozart wrote one of the most important viola pieces, the Sinfonia Concertante. The kinds of pieces you will usually hear that use viola are operas, symphonies, and string quartets, which consist of two violins, a viola, and a cello.  Grace, elegance, and refinement are hallmarks of Classical Era music, so put on your powdered wig, rosin up your bow, and enjoy!

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