Made in Vienna (1761)
Label: Johann – Joseph / Stadl – mann / Königl / Hof Lauten – und geigen / Macher in Wienn 1761
The viola is slightly larger than a violin in size and has a lower and deeper sound than a violin. Since the 18th century it has been the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above it) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below it). The technique required for playing a viola has certain differences compared with that of a violin, partly because of its larger size: the notes are spread out farther along the fingerboard and often require different fingerings.