Lionel Tertis: The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola

Lionel Tertis: The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola

by John White


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Lionel Tertis [1876-1975] stands in the company of Ysaÿe, Kreisler, Casals, Thibaud and Rubinstein as one of the greatest instrumentalists - and arguably the greatest viola player - of all time. Many composers, including Bax, Holst and Vaughan Williams, wrote significant works for him; he was a member of a number of prominent string quartets; and he was later to design and promote his own 'Tertis model' viola. Tertis is virtually synonymous with the increasing importance of the viola as a solo and recital instrument alongside the violin and the cello. This updated paperback edition tells how he rose from humble beginnings to become 'the father of the modern viola'. It explores in detail his long and distinguished career, persuading composers to write works for the viola, arranging existing works for the instrument, editing and performing, and teaching and coaching, notably at the Royal Academy of Music. JOHN WHITE is a prominent viola teacher and performer. He was a founder member of the Alberni String Quartet and later played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stadler Trio and collaborated with composers Alan Bush, Lennox Berkeley and Alan Richardson in performances of their works. White was Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music for over thirty years and has chaired four international viola congresses in the UK since 1978. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the viola, he was awarded the Silver Alto Clef for 2010 by the International Viola Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843837909
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

The Tertis FamilyEarly CareerThe First World WarChamber Music PlayersAmerican ToursReturn to the Royal Academy of MusicThe Elgar and Walton ConcertosThe BBC Orchestra, Delius, Bax and Vaughan WilliamsA Shock RetirementThe Richardson-Tertis ViolaThe Second World WarPromoting the Tertis Model ViolaReturn to America and Eightieth Birthday CelebrationsSecond Marriage and Last AppearanceTV Profile and Ninetieth BirhtdayFinal Years

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