LIONEL TERTIS (viola)
Lionel Tertis has solved so many of the difficulties for which he went out to find solutions when he began his career as a viola soloist, that there can be little left for him to do but to make known his conclusions, to spread his theories among his colleagues and use his influence as a leading viola player to further its cause as a solo instrument.
He has proved, for example, that there are not only composers who are willing to create, and have in part created, a repertory of original works for the viola virtuoso, but that there is a rich repertory already in existence which needs only skilful adapting to make it practicable. This programme affords a good example of this practice, as Mr. Tertis's own comments on the items make clear. Of the Dohnanyi Sonata he says : ' The violin part is played in the same pitch on the viola with practically no alteration, and approved by the composer with whom
I played it a few years ago ' ; of the Rachmaninov: The 'cello part is transcribed for viola ' ; of the Brahms : ' I play this as originally written for clarinet with slight alterations '.
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