'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
Viola players are traditionally the butt of musical jokes – and we’re guilty of a chuckle at their expense too. But we think it’s time for viola players to get their own back. Here are some of our favourite reverse viola jokes.
Why are viola jokes so short? So violinists can understand them.
Why are violins smaller than violas? They're actually the same size – it's the violinists' heads which are larger.
If you threw a violist and a soprano off a cliff, which one would hit the ground first? The violist. The soprano would have to stop halfway down to ask directions.
What's the difference between the alto clef and Greek? Some conductors actually read Greek.
A violist and a conductor walk in front of your car and you cannot avoid them both. Which do you hit? The violist. Business before pleasure.
How do you get your viola section to sound like the horn section? Ask them to miss every other note.