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Great Violists of Yesteryear
The short answer? Lionel Tertis, William Primrose and Nicolo Paganini. Tertis was and still is the anointed, British-appointed ‘father of the viola’ in the early 1900s. His status as the pre-eminent inspiration for modern larger-scale violas, the so-called Tertis Model, deserves to be challenged and tempered by noting the earlier Viola Alta of the late 19th century German player-teacher Herman Ritter. Tertis’ stature as the first finest violist of the viola’s golden age, the 20th century, should be balanced by knowing of the achievements of another German, Michael Balling, a student of Ritter and principal viola for Wagner in Bayreuth…
How to improve String Technique and Musicianship
(in just twenty minutes a day!) Music, perhaps more than any other human activity, enlists the synthetic cooperation of intellect, creativity and athleticism. As a physician and psychotherapist who spent nearly a decade working with students of classical music, I was deeply impressed by this inextricable interrelationship between mind and body. Eventually I devised a method of practice designed to enhance the technical and musical abilities of string players, and I am pleased to reintroduce it here for Stringendo readers. First, a few general observations. Listening closely to string players one can over time distinguish superior from inferior technical ability…
Helen Tuckey visiting Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne for Viola events
AUSTA National President Helen Tuckey will be visiting Brisbane to meet with the AUSTA Q committee on Sunday June 25 and for an AUSTA Q viola day Monday June 26 Details and bookings here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=291368. Helen will be in Cairns June 27 – July 1st, and available to meet local AUSTA NQ members. On July 9 she will be in Sydney for another AUSTA NSW viola event. She has been invited to present a session at the ASME Conference in Melbourne, July 13-15 and on July 16 there is a further AUSTA VIC viola event planned. Please contact…