Eminent German pianist; born at Schochwitz, near Halle, in Saxony. He studied at Weissenfels under Ernst Julius Hentschel and at Weimar under Liszt, who esteemed his work highly. Viole was an earnest follower of both Liszt and Wagner. For many years he taught music in Berlin, where he died. Among his compositions, which are distinctly modern, are Die musikalische Gartenlaube, which includes one hundred etudes and eleven sonatas; caprices heroiques; Poesies lyriques; a polonaise; a ballade.