My Viola and I by Lionel Tertis



My Viola and I explores the history of the viola and music making during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century from the point of view of the great man himself, Lionel Tertis. This is a must not only for violists but also for string players or for those who are interested in the history of music, Lionel Tertis, a violist, teacher, and violist pioneer who helped us to look at the modern viola.

Lionel Tertis first studied the violin in Leipzig, Germany and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was encouraged by the principal, Alexander Mackenzie, to take up the viola. Further encouraged by Oskar Nedbal, he became one of the best-known violists of his time. As Professor of Viola at the RAM, he encouraged his colleagues and students to compose for the instrument, thereby greatly expanding its repertoire. Composers such as Arnold Bax, Frank Bridge, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Dale, York Bowen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and William Walton all wrote pieces for him.

Reviews (0)


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “My Viola and I by Lionel Tertis”
Preface by Lillian Tertis
Author's Note

1. Formative Years
2. Student Days
3. Back Desk to Front Desk
4. Hobbies
5. The Young Mr Beecham- and New English Composers
6. 1914-18
7. American Tours
8. Fruitful Years
9. The Elgar Viola Concerto
10. Heyday in the Thirties
11. A Dark Cloud
12. Collaboration with Beecham 1938-9
13. Return to the Concert Platform - and America
14. Octogenarian Activity
15. Revolutionary Seating Plan for a Symphony Orchestra
16. Nonagenarian Activity
17. Reflection

Essays for the String Player:
Beauty of Tone in String Playing
The Art of String Quartet Playing
Hints to Composers
The Tertis Model Viola

Violin Craftsmen who make The Tertis Model Viola
Works for Viola Solo
Discography - Recordings by Lionel Tertis
Vendor Info

Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Kahn & Averill
  • Vendor: Kahn and Averill
  • Address: 2-10 Plantation Road
    HP6 6HJ
  • No ratings found yet!
More Products

Listening through the lens by Christopher Nupen (with sampler DVD)

£30.00 Sold by: Kahn and Averill

The official autobiography from BAFTA award-winning film maker, Christopher Nupen, director of The Trout – one of the most watched classical music films.

Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy


Violin & Viola by Yehudi Menuhin and William Primrose

£19.95 Sold by: Kahn and Averill

Yehudi Menuhin was indisputably one of the finest violinists of all time, with a technique that was the envy of


Valentin Berlinsky – A Quartet for Life by Maria Matalaev

£19.95 Sold by: Kahn and Averill

The compiled memoirs of Valentin Berlinsky, cellist with the Borodin Quartet for more than six decades.

Foreword by Steven Isserlis


Cello by William Pleeth

£19.95 Sold by: Kahn and Averill

Foreword by Jacqueline du Pré