Definitions for "Scordatura"
Keywords:  viola, violin, tuned, movt, sinfonia
(Ital.) : Unusual tuning of a stringed instrument in order to increase its range or change its character for a dramatic effect. In Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (GP 73), the viola is tuned up a half step to increase its resonance (in comparison to the violin); more typical examples are the violin solos in Saint-Saëns's Danse macabre and Mahler's Fourth Symphony, movt. II.
boast of members of the brass section about certain young member of 2nd violins
(''It.'') – An alternate tuning used for the open strings of a string instrument. External link: About Scordatura and the Viola d'amore.