Clare Finnimore relishes the mellow sound she finds on the viola, especially on the lowest string, the C string. She loves the part the viola plays in ensembles, which she pictures as a kind of pivot around which the tune and the bass revolve. And she likes the fact that sometimes the viola comes out of the group to play a melody. So, while the violin seems often to play only one role, the viola has several.
Here, Clare explains some of the pieces she particularly enjoys playing on the viola.