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A violotta is a tenor viola (or tenor violin) invented by the German luthier Alfred Stelzner and patented in 1891. It is tuned in G D A E, an octave below the violin. Other instruments called "tenor violin" were tuned a step lower: F C G D (a fifth below the viola).[citation needed]

It is rarely used by composers. One of the few works where it is used is the String Quintet in A by Felix Draeseke. It is also used in Max von Schillings' opera Der Pfeifertag (1899), and in Sergei Taneyev's String Trio in E major, Op. 31 (1911).


  • 1971? – Hurst, Alberta. Alberta Hurst, Tenor Violin. LP. Los Angeles, California: Crystal Records. (Contains music arranged for tenor violin by Boccherini, Bach, Telemann, and Gal.)

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  • Kory, Agnes (1994). "A Wider Role for the Tenor Violin?". The Galpin Society Journal 47 (Mar., 1994): pp. 123–153. doi:10.2307/842665. JSTOR 842665. 
  • Segerman, Ephraim (1995). "The Name 'Tenor Violin.". The Galpin Society Journal 48 (Mar., 1995): pp. 181–187. doi:10.2307/842810. JSTOR 842810. 

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