Category talk:Scores featuring the viola da gamba

There is also a category of "Scores featuring the viol"...

Question: Why do we have two categories for this instrument? And why do they have different content? There is no clear distinction between viola da gamba and viol (it would be like having different categories for flute, transverse flute, german flute, etc.) Also, it's really not helping to list arrangements for other instruments (like the Roland Marais piece which is arranged for 'cello): from a viol-player's point of view, the chords are a necessary part of the music, but the arrangements have to change or eliminate them (you just can't play chords meant for an instrument tuned in fourths and a third on an instrument with two or three fewer strings tuned in fifths!) and this denaturing of the music weakens it for its original instrument. I could see a notation (as there is now a notation pointing to the viol category on viola da gamba) which mentions that there are arrangements of music originally written for viol in other categories, or even that much music written for other instruments can be played on viol. (Care is needed here, because there is a significant difference between, say, an arrangement for 'cello and, say, the Boismortier duets which are labeled by the composer as being for Violoncelle, Violes, ou Bassons.)--Tiorbinist 23:32, 9 November 2010 (UTC)